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Herring to speak at TRIAD event

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an event for the Prince Edward TRIAD organization, which is set to take place Friday, noon, at the Firemen’s Sports Arena, located at 1328 Zion Hill Road.

Mark Herring

The event will focus on celebrating the 10th year of the Prince Edward TRIAD and for participants to learn about how to recognize and prevent crimes and scams targeted toward seniors.

TRIAD, according to TRIAD President Karla Ellington in a past Herald report, is an organization from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office that focuses on educating the elderly population in the region of crimes that may target them. TRIAD is made up of seniors in the community, law enforcement and community, health care government organizations.

Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) Director of Transportation and Nutrition Jordan Miles said the TRIAD committee, which consists of several area organizations and members of law enforcement, are looking forward to Herring’s keynote.

“What we are focused on is reducing crime against our most vulnerable citizens,” Miles, a member of the TRIAD committee, said.

Ellington said the event will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Prince Edward TRIAD. This celebration will include the Prince Edward TRIAD taking part in a resigning of the TRIAD agreement with the Virginia TRIAD. Ellington said it has been 10 years since the last signing occurred.

She said TRIAD council members are also set to receive plaques recognizing their services to TRIAD and to the seniors in the area.

Ellington said those awarded will include the Prince Edward Sheriff’s Office and Farmville Police Department.

“Without their participation, we could not have a local TRIAD,” Ellington said.

She estimates that approximately 300 people are set to attend the Friday event.

Farmville Rehabilitation and Health Center will provide lunch, Ellington said.

PSR representatives will transport seniors from surrounding counties to the event.

Miles said those interested in attending the event don’t have to be residents of Prince Edward County, but can come from surrounding counties.

“This cooperative event is through the attorney general’s office,” Miles said. “Basically what we want to do is reduce crimes against the elderly by empowering them with knowledge and information, (and) with communication between law enforcement and senior communities,” Miles said.

There will also be door prizes and information booths from other area organizations.