The Easthampton Police Department is pleased to announce the creation of an elder affairs officer. Of the several officers who expressed interest in the position, Detective Eric Alexander was selected to be the elder affairs officer for the City of Easthampton.
No new officer was added to the ranks, and the new position will not require additional funding to the police department. Detective Alexander will be taking on the role as a "collateral assignment" to his regular duties.
The purpose of the elder affairs officers in to create a close bond between the police department and the senior citizens in our community.
Detective Alexander will regularly visit the Easthampton Senior Center on Union Street, and meet with elderly groups in the city. All seniors in the community are encouraged to reach out to him with any questions or concerns that they may have.
Hampshire / Franklin Triad
The Hampshire/Franklin TRIAD program is a community policing initiative between seniors, law enforcement and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. Its goals are:
- To reduce criminal activity which targets older Americans
- To alleviate seniors' fears of victimization, build confidence and improve the quality of life
- To enhance delivery of law enforcement services to older persons
Triad is implemented by a SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council which may be composed of:
- Police, sheriff, and the district attorney
- Protective service personnel
For information on TRIAD please contact Rachel Senecal, TRIAD Coordinator for the Northwestern District Attorney's Office at 413-586-9225. For more information, visit the TRIAD page on their website. In any emergency, call 911.