The Mississippi Leadership Council is an appointed group with primary responsibility for forging partnerships to coordinate criminal justice and social services approaches to victimization of senior citizens. The specific purposes of the Council are to:
- Promote a coordinated effort among law enforcement and social service agencies to stem the tide of violence against senior citizens; and
- Support media and non-media strategies aimed at increasing both public understanding of the problem and the senior citizens skills in preventing crime against themselves and their property; and
- Address the problem of crime against senior citizens in a systematic and effective manner by promoting and expanding collaborative crime prevention programs, such as the TRIAD model, that assist law enforcement agencies and senior citizens in implementing specific strategies for crime prevention, victim assistance, citizens involvement and public education.
The TRIAD concept, the agreement of law enforcement agencies in a county (sheriff’s office, police department, etc.) and older or retired persons in the community working together, is a partnership to address crime issues which affect older citizens – and the enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to these mature persons.
Currently there are fifty (50) TRIAD programs in operation in Mississippi that are being funded through grants from the Council. This represents 61% of our total counties toward the goal of the Mississippi Leadership Council on Aging of having a TRIAD program in all 82 counties.