On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the 12th Annual Triad Picnic and Safety Fair was held at the Dalton VFW. The event was attended by over 100 Berkshire County seniors, and the Berkshire Sheriff’s Department provided a picnic lunch was provided by and enjoyed by all.
The keynote speaker was Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler, and the Master of Ceremonies was Dalton Police Chief Jeff Coe. Chief Coe and Dalton Fire Chief Gerald Cahalan were honored for their continuing commitment to the Dalton Triad.
Exhibitors present included Berkshire Health Systems, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc., Dalton Ambulance, Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Hospicecare of the Berkshires, United Cerebral Palsy, AARP, Red Cross, Senior Safety Net Program, Dalton Health Nurse, and the Dalton Fire Department.
Each year attendees look forward to a K-9 Demonstration. This year Lanesborough Police Officer James Rathbun and his K-9 partner “Reno”, Pittsfield Police Officer Dwane Foisy and his K-9 partner “Raimo” and Great Barrington Police Officer Tim Ullrich and his K-9 partner “Jori” were present and delighted the crowd with their demonstrations.
Triad is collaboration among law enforcement, senior service providers and the senior community at large. The purpose is to develop, expand and implement crime prevention and education programs for seniors. It has been found to improve the quality of life by providing an opportunity to exchange information and focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime.
Currently, there are active Triad groups in Pittsfield, Dalton, Lenox, Tyringham, North Adams as well as collaboration between Alford, Great Barrington and Egremont.