TRIAD is not an acronym…the three triangles
symbolize a collaboration of:
Law Enforcement/Fire Personnel, Older Adults, and Community.







First started with the late Emly Horne in the early 1980s. Emly was an active member of the Lansing community and felt strongly about helping older adults in our community. She sat on many boards and served as the first Tri-County TRIAD President. Emly remained active in TRIAD, even when she was no longer able to attend meetings. She would often call the current Chair and request a meeting at her home to discuss TRIAD business! She is truly missed and much of what we do is done in honor of her and her commitment to serve her community.



TRIAD is an all volunteer organization. The volunteers of TRIAD serve and enrich the lives of older adults through education and outreach. Our local chapter serves the tri-county region of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

Our group of dedicated volunteers meet monthly (except December) on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm at Lansing Fire Station 8 located at 815 Marshall St. in Lansing. Our meetings are open to the public and welcome new members at anytime throughout the year. For more information about our meetings and to receive meeting notification and documents, please email our Secretary, Michelle Jackson, at

To learn more about our ongoing Education, Outreach, and Fundraising, please visit our Programs page.




TRIAD was first conceived at the community policing movement in law enforcement in the 1980s. In 1988, representatives from American Association of Retired Persons (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 older adults safe from crime. The TRIAD model emerged from that effort.

The first TRIAD agreement was signed in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana in 1988. From that point forward, word about the TRIAD model spread and communities large and small adopted the concept. By the early 2000’s more than 800 counties had signed a TRIAD agreement. In 1989, Louisiana signed the first statewide TRIAD agreement, a vehicle by which individual communities in a particular state could come together to share ideas and information. Since that time, 34 states have signed a statewide agreement at one time or another. Many of these 34 are still active and meet periodically to pool resources and provide training and technical assistance to one another.

In 2000, the National Sheriffs’ Association created an affiliate not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI), in an effort to institutionalize the Triad effort and to bring uniformity to the programs and activities conducted nationwide.

To learn more about NATI, please visit their website