“As the population of Barnstable County continues to age, we as public safety and law enforcement officials must develop cooperative strategies to keep our seniors safe. Our seniors come from a more trusting generation, and therefore are often the target of scam artists. The Triad program is one way we can all work together to keep Cape Cod safe for our senior citizens. Please join me in this partnership. Together we can make a difference.” - Sheriff James M. Cummings

Download the TRIAD powerpoint presentation

Triad is a community partnership between seniors and senior service agencies, law enforcement, and public safety providers. The primary goal of the Triad concept is to reduce criminal activity targeted at seniors, and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement and public safety services to senior citizens. The Triad concept is implemented in each town through a S.A.L.T. Council.

Local S.A.L.T. Council

The S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) is comprised of representatives from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, the local police department, local council on aging, and members of the senior community. Many S.A.L.T. Councils also include representatives from the fire department, Visiting Nurses Association, Alzheimer’s Association, and other town agencies.

The main focus of the S.A.L.T. Council is to act as an advisory group to service providers. The S.A.L.T. Council discusses, organizes and implements programs to benefit seniors. The local S.A.L.T. Council has senior leadership to determine the direction of Triad and is a forum to share information and resources.

Sheriff Cummings and District Attorney Michael O'Keefe help serve lunch to seniors at the annual Triad Summer Picnic/Concert

  Barnstable County S.A.L.T. Council
The Barnstable County S.A.L.T. Council includes representatives from each local S.A.L.T. Council as well as representatives from regional agencies such as the Office of the District Attorney, Elder Services, the Visiting Nurses Association, Alzheimer’s Services, Consumer Assistance Council, American Red Cross, and Cape Cod EMS. Sheriff Cummings convenes the County SALT Council quarterly to share information among towns and to assist the local Triads with program development. Sheriff Cummings also holds an annual Triad Conference and annual Triad Summer Picnic/Concert to thank the senior volunteers for their hard work.

Sheriff Cummings convenes the first Barnstable County S.A.L.T. Council with members from across Cape Cod


File for Life
The File for Life is a red plastic magnetic file folder that attaches to your refrigerator. The file contains vitally important information about you to provide more accurate medical treatment, including:

  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Medical Problems
  • Blood Type
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Doctor’s Name

By participating in the File of Life program, you can be sure that this information is readily available in case of an emergency.

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling website provides information and resources for anyone interested in learning more about problem gambling and its impact on individuals, families and communities. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of problem gambling.  The Council provides information, prevention, education, advocacy and referral services for problem gamblers, their loved ones and the greater community.

U.S. Department of the Treasury’s
Go Direct  and Direct Express


The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Banks are sponsoring Go Direct, a campaign to motivate people who receive federal benefit checks to use direct deposit. Go Direct reaches out to people through organizations they know and trust to inform them about the many benefits of direct deposit and help them sign up. Through events and media, Go Direct works to encourage people to switch to direct deposit.

click here to download PowerPoint presentation

For more information on Go Direct visit their website at: www.godirect.org

Neighborhood Watch

Triads are working with their local police departments and neighborhood associations to create, or revitalize Neighborhood Crime Watch groups. Triad volunteers receive training based on the manual from the Massachusetts Neighborhood Crime Watch Commission. The volunteers then canvass neighborhoods to invite residents to an orientation meeting. The local police department assigns an officer as the Crime Watch Liaison. The liaison officer reviews crime statistics and works on solving neighborhood problems with the neighborhood group on a regular basis.

Mashpee Triad volunteers are trained by Caileen Fitzgerald of the Massachusetts Neighborhood Crime Watch Commission to start local neighborhood watch groups



911 Cellular Phones
Some Cape Triads are collecting old cellular phones and servicing them to just dial 911. This means there is no monthly service fee and seniors can checkout a phone from the senior center or police department (like a library book).

Remember…when you dial 911 on a cell phone you must know the location you are calling from. Currently, 911 calls on cellular phones are directed to the Massachusetts State Police and the street address in the dispatcher screen is that of the cellular tower receiving the call.

Is your number up?
Files for life and 911 calls are useless if police and fire personnel can’t find your home during an emergency. This is why some Triads are going out and properly numbering houses. With volunteers and donations, Triad members are targeting seniors at risk and neighborhoods with the greatest amount of unnumbered homes.

Safe Return Program
Safe Return is a nationwide identification, support and registration program operated by the Alzheimer's Association. Locally, the Alzheimer's Associaton is working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. Safe Return provides assistance 24 hrs. a day, seven days a week if a person becomes lost. If a registrant is missing, Safe Return will fax the person’s information and photo to the local law enforcement department, and can also get this critical information to police and hospitals in other areas of the state and country.

Download the 2006 Safe Return Update Training powerpoint presentation

NEW! MedicAlert & Safe Return program (click logo for more info)


Neighborhood Reassurance
Triads are working with neighborhood associations to implement the Are you Okay? Outreach program. The objective is to reassure the homebound and those that live alone that they are not alone. Participants make daily contact with neighborhood volunteers to let them know everything is okay.


For more information on these programs and how to become involved in your local TRIAD program contact:
Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
TRIAD Program
6000 Sheriff's Place
Bourne, MA 02532

Email: Roy Lyons at rlyons@bsheriff.net


NOTE: We do not accept any emails from webmail services such as yahoo, gmail, or hotmail.  If you need to send a message to a member of the department your email address must be cleared first. Call the IT helpdesk at 508-563-4352 to have it cleared. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Harwich S.A.L.T. Council



Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI)
a program of the National Organization on Disability

For additional EPI program information, please visit the EPI website at www.nod.org/emergency. If you need further assistance please address inquiries to EPI Director Hilary Styron at epi@nod.org.




Useful Triad Links:



Go Direct

Cape Cod Emergency Preparedness Handbook

Massachusetts Do Not Call List

911 Beacon

Crimewatch Lamp Adapter

Homeland Security Information distributed by the U.S Department of Homeland Security

National Neighborhood Watch

National Association of Town Watch

National Crime Prevention Council

Massachusetts Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Board (911 System)

Disability Indicator form (downloadable PDF File)

Instructions for the Disability Indicator form (downloadable PDF File)

Massachusetts 911 Silent Call Procedure


Partner Agencies with websites:

Town of Barnstable TRIAD

Town of Brewster TRIAD

Office of District Attorney Michael O'Keefe

Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod

Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands

Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands

Consumer Assistance Council

Cape & Islands EMS

American Red Cross, Cape Cod Chapter

National Association of Triads, Inc.


National Alzheimer's Association

Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association





Cape Cod SALT Councils:




















Sheriff James M. Cummings
Barnstable County Sheriff's Office
6000 Sheriff's Place, Bourne, MA 02532
Phone: 508-563-4300 | Fax: 508-563-4574