Herring celebrates 20th anniversary of Triad in Virginia
Since 1995, the Office of Attorney General has coordinated the Triad program to reduce the fear of crime and victimization among seniors by increasing awareness of scams and frauds targeting them, strengthening communication between law enforcement and senior communities, and educating seniors on local and state resources that are available in their community. During remarks in Williamsburg, Herring reaffirmed his commitment to keeping older Virginians safe from crime, including financial scams and exploitation, through the Triad program.
“Things like identity theft, cyber crime, and financial crimes can affect Virginians of all ages and older Virginians are often specifically targeted because of their age,” said Attorney General Herring. “Far too often, seniors are seen as vulnerable targets for would-be scammers and criminals. Through the Triad program, we’re working to help restore a sense of safety and confidence to older Virginians. It’s been a joy to work with and visit local chapters, and I look forward to many more years of this productive partnership.”
Triad is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies, seniors, and senior organizations, focused on reducing crimes against older Americans. In the last 20 years, Triad in Virginia has grown to include more than 225 participating cities, counties, and towns. Virginia remains the only state that has an executive branch agency–the Office of Attorney General–supporting and coordinating statewide efforts. Regular meetings feature presentations from Attorney General Herring’s office and others, in addition to community collaborations and targeted trainings for seniors and law enforcement.
In the last year, Attorney General Herring has reenergized the Triad program, helping to add additional programs throughout the state, visiting regularly with existing programs, and providing support and coordination. His network of community outreach coordinators can assist in organizing a new Triad, or provide existing chapters with a wealth of information, resources and support, including presentations on important topics like identity theft, fraud, and scams, or training opportunities for law enforcement, senior volunteers, and community groups.
Communities interested in starting a Triad program, or in receiving additional resources or support for an existing program, should contact Attorney General Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804)786-2071.