- The Essex County Triad is a partnership that consists of the District Attorney, the Sheriff, local police and fire, senior service providers and senior citizens. Its mission is to develop and implement policies and programs to reduce criminal victimization, promote crime prevention and safety awareness, and serve the needs of the senior community. Triad is based on a National program first introduced by the National Sheriff's Association. The Essex County Triad is currently operating in 31 of the 34 cities and towns in Essex County.
The Elder Justice Network, a multidisciplinary coalition sponsored by Greater Lynn Senior Services and co-facilitated by the Essex District Attorney’s Office, is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, age groups, and professions, all with a common interest: ensuring that seniors in our communities are living in safety and being treated with dignity and respect.
- As District Attorney, my primary responsibility is the swift and fair prosecution of criminal acts. However many crimes, particularly those against seniors, go unreported. This is particularly true of domestic abuse cases. My office is reaching out to the senior community to raise awareness of domestic violence in an effort to encourage victims to come forward and report the abuse. Only then can we act to stop it.
- The role of grandparent has changed over the years as many of today's seniors are also grandparents who either live under the same roof as their grandchildren, take care of them on a regular basis, or are frequently visited by them. All grandparents play a special and important role in their grandchildren's lives. The Essex District Attorney's Office has designed a presentation to give grandparents the information they need to guide their grandchildren through the challenging period of adolescence.
- Senior citizens are often the targets of criminal activity, particularly identity theft and other scams. Seniors can be targeted by telephone, through the mail, door-to-door or over the Internet. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. By taking some precautions, you can protect yourself from falling victim to this crime. However, should you realize that you have been scammed or your identity stolen, it is important to report it to the police immediately. There is no need to feel embarrassed.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in America. Young people who report abusing prescription drugs also report overwhelmingly that they are getting those drugs from their parents' and grandparents' medicine cabinets. Please safeguard your medications so that no one has easy access to them. When you no longer need a medication, please dispose of it. Some communities have a local collection site for prescription medications. Please contact your local police department to find out if there is one in your community. You may also learn more about prescription drug abuse and proper disposal from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.