Senior T.R.I.A.D

What is TRIAD?

The origins of TRIAD when it first began in the 1980s was a partnership formed by an agreement between the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and AARP.

Today the National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations—law enforcement, older adults, and community groups found in communities across the United States of America.

Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the popula­tion. One in every eight Americans is already 65 or older, for a total of more than 33.6 million Americans. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system, and TRIAD is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the aging/disabled population.

The purpose of Triad is to reduce the fear of crime victimization that older adults often experience by:

  • Providing educational opportunities and an exchange of information regarding crime prevention and public education for the older adults in our communities.
  • Identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
  • Educating and uniting the entire community in identifying problem areas for seniors.
  • Developing and implementing community-wide solutions to those problem areas for seniors.
  • Enhancing the delivery of law enforcement services to the older adults in the community.
  • Improving and promoting the health, safety, and quality of life for older adults.

The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD planning committee consists of:

  • Will County Sheriff’s Department
  • Manhattan and New Lenox Police Departments
  • Manhattan and New Lenox Fire Protection Districts
  • New Lenox Township Family Services Department
TRIAD also consists of other collaborative partnerships:

  • Local law enforcement
  • Fire/medical personnel
  • County government and public safety
  • Senior service providers
  • Hospitals
  • Health care professionals
  • Civic clubs?
  • Senior clubs and organizations
  • Senior residents themselves

The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD meets:

  • Fourth Thursday of the month
  • The meeting begins at 1:30 pm and usually last from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • We serve coffee, water, and light snacks.
  • Please see our monthly schedule for topic discussion and speakers.
  • Please see our monthly schedule for the location of the meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns or you are interested in joining our planning committee or in contributing in other ways, please call: 

Jim Pitcairn                                                    Jackie O'Hara                                                   Marisa Tomich
Family Services Director                    Fire & Life Safety Educator                   Fire & Life Safety Educator              
New Lenox Township                          Manhattan Fire District                         New Lenox Fire District
815 717-6221                                          815 314-2303                                           815 463-4500             
jpitcairn@newlenox.org                    johara@manhattanfire.org                 marisa.tomich@nlfire.com

Officer Kristine Kioltyka                       Commander Mike Holford                      Deputy Jeff Jerz
New Lenox Police Department        Manhattan Police Department           Will County Sheriff
815 485-2500                                      815 478-4408                                          815 727-8575