The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted a TRIAD workshop today.
The event was held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Hall in Port Barre, and included music and door prizes from local merchants and healthcare providers.
Triad is an agreement between the National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chief’s of Police and the American Association of Retired Persons. It was implemented to protect our senior citizens through activities that inform them of the latest fraud and scam’s tactics.
In April of 1994 St. Landry Sheriff’s Office, A.A.R.P. and ten municipal Chiefs of Police in St. Landry Parish signed the first Triad agreement. St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has spearheaded the TRIAD by sponsoring the crime prevention workshops.
Today’s workshop was a day of information on fraud, identity theft, drugs awareness, personal safety, and other safety issues concerning our senior citizens. These workshops are held throughout the parish; groups average around 250 during the workshops and 400-500 at the TRIAD Christmas Party in December.
After the workshops all guests are treated to free lunch with all the trimmings donated by the sheriff. The workshop also includes door prizes from the sheriff, area merchants, and health care providers ranging from home decorations, personal items, to security equipment. The day is completed with games of bingo for more prizes. The grand prizes is a check for $100 donated by St. Landry Crime Stoppers. The winner has to be 60 or older.
Today’s guest speakers came from the state Insurance Department, the state Attorney General’s Office and a physican. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz also spoke to the group.