The goal of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit (EPDU) is to promptly and effectively prosecute crimes committed against elders and persons with disabilities. To be successful in achieving this goal, the EPDU works in cooperation with local and state law enforcement, adult protective service providers and human service agencies. This partnership ensures that investigations are swift and efficient and that the victim receives the necessary protective services.
As part of the EPDU, the TRIAD program plays a major part in linking commuity partnerships. Since 1992, the Northwetern District TRIAD program has brought together elders, law enforcement and service providers. Through education and crime prevention efforts, TRIAD has had a direct positive effect on thousands of elders by increasing their personal saftey and confidence. Isolated or home-bound elders receive personal visits from uniformed officers and trained volunteers in order to check on their safety, to provide reassurance and to educate them about telemarketing and mail scams. Safety devices such as File of Life, 911 flash lite and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been distributed to hundreds of elders. The TRIAD program is unique because of its emphasis on collaboration and the empowerment of the elder community.