What is TRIAD?


Triad is a partnership of three organizations:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Senior Citizens &
  • Community Groups


The sole purpose of Triad is to promote senior safety and to reduce the fear of crime that seniors often experience.


MN TRIAD can assist you in organizing your Triad program at the grass-roots level, provide ideas and programs to implement in your community, and training materials for your law enforcement, senior volunteers, and community groups.




Triad was first conceived at the genesis of the community policing movement in law enforcement in the 1980s.  

In 1988, representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (now AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) came together to attempt to define a way to help keep seniors safe from crime. The Triad model emerged from that effort.


Triad is not an acronym; it simply represents a group of three. Triad’s goal at its inception, as now, is to reduce crime against the elderly, and to reduce the fear of crime that seniors often experience.


File of Life

The MN TRIAD File of Life Medical Information program enables emergency responders to obtain a quick and accurate medical history when a patient is unable to offer one. 

Click here for the MED Program Information Sheet.

Click here for the MED Program Handout