The first triad agreement was signed in 1988 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. From that moment on, the news spread on the triad model and large and small communities adopted the concept. The three founding groups of AARP, IACP and NSA encouraged the idea at every opportunity. By the early 2000s, more than 800 counties had signed triad agreements. Triad was first designed in 1988, when representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs` Association (NSA) came together and agreed on a partnership to keep the elderly safe. The following year, in 1989, the first triad was signed in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. Since then, more than 775 counties have accepted the triad model as an effective method of connecting law enforcement and seniors to fight crime.
In many counties, the triad agreement is signed and each municipality forms its own SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) council, which ensures that the individual needs of each community are met. Thirty-four States have signed national networking agreements in which representatives of the different triads meet regularly in a given State to discuss issues of mutual interest. Triad is the agreement between a county`s law enforcement agencies (sheriff`s office, police departments, etc.) and elderly or retired people in the community, in a spirit of cooperation to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly. Triad is a common approach to crime problems affecting older people and improving the provision of law enforcement services to older people. In the early days of the triad, the focus was on extending the concept as widely as possible to ensure the safety of older adults throughout the country. As a result, triad agreements were signed in 47 states and highlighted each program and activity as part of the construction of programs and activities that meet the individual needs of that particular community. In 1989, Louisiana signed the first National Triad Agreement, a vehicle with which individual communities were able to come together in a given state to exchange ideas and information. Since then, 34 states have signed a national agreement at some point. Many of these 34 public triad groups are still active and meet regularly to pool resources and provide each other with training and technical assistance. Triad is an organization established in 1988 by a cooperation agreement between the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs` Association (NSA).