Will County TRIAD for Seniors
TRIAD means a three - way commitment among the chief(s) of police in a county, the sheriff and older or retired leaders. They agree to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons. A major purpose of a TRIAD is to develop, expand and implement effective crime prevention and education programs for older community members. Activities center on both pre - victimization ( preventive ) and post - victimization ( victim / witness assistance ) aspects.
TRIAD works to improve the quality of life for seniors. By providing an opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement and older persons, Triad can also focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime.
WHAT IS TRIAD
- TRIAD is cooperation between law enforcement agencies and senior citizens
- TRIAD strives to reduce criminal victimization of older persons
- TRIAD assesses the needs and concerns of older citizens
- TRIAD leads to a broad dialogue on safety and security issues
- TRIAD is the link with elderly members of the community
- TRIAD combines common sense and imagination
- TRIAD is simple - and it works
For more information please contact:
Sgt. Teri Ellingham
Elderly Services Section
Email: TRIAD Program
Sgt Ellingham graduated from the Illinois State Police Training Academy in 1988 and joined the Will County Sheriff's Office that same year. During the past 24 years, Teri has worked in numerous assignments including the Jail Division, Jail Transport Unit, Uniformed Patrol, both as a deputy and as a supervisor, DARE/GREAT Instructor, supervised the DARE/GREAT programs and Crime Prevention Unit, and now coordinates Senior Services and Neighborhood Watch, particularly the Triad program.
In addition, Sgt Ellingham serves as the Advisor for Will County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post #911, working with young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in law enforcement careers. Sgt. Ellingham and this post have won numerous awards at both the state and national levels.
Teri's educational background includes an Associate's Degree from Joliet Junior College, extensive training in law enforcement from Northwestern University, certifications to instruct in both the DARE and GREAT programs, and certification as an Elderly Service Officer.