TRIAD means a three-way commitment among the police department, sheriff's department and older or retired Manitowoc citizens. They agree to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons. A major purpose of TRIAD is to develop, expand and start effective crime prevention programs for the older community members. Activities center on both pre-victimization (preventive) and post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) aspects.
TRIAD works to improve the quality of life for seniors. By providing an opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement and older persons, TRIAD can also focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime.
The Manitowoc TRIAD has strongly influenced the Neighborhood Watch program. TRIAD continues to conduct telephone surveys, questioning how active neighborhood watch groups are, and how many participating members remain in their neighborhood. TRIAD has also made the Neighborhood Watch Program their personal project to ensure that Manitowoc remains a safe community.