County Triad formed
Attorney general, sheriff, community leaders team up to fight crime
Wanda English Burnett
Working together with the Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller
and community leaders, Sheriff Tom Grills said forming the new
Ripley County Triad completes one of his goals as sheriff. This
is something Ive wanted to do for a long time, he
noted, as he thanked everyone who came out for the charter signing
of the newly formed group last Wednesday, July 27 in the lobby
of the courthouse in Versailles.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller addressed those gathered,
which included law enforcement and community leaders at the charter
signing event thanking them for coming together to form a group
who will be watching for and reporting fraud - especially those
trying to scam senior citizens.
Triad is an association between law enforcement, seniors and community
organizations who are focused on protecting the well-being of
senior citizens by fostering education and the prevention of consumer
fraud while promoting safety issues, according to Zoeller.
It is unfortunate, and all to often, that senior citizens
are the targets of consumer fraud and scams, noted Zoeller.
He told those gathered at the event that those who scam the elderly
are among the worst predators and it makes him angry. He continued,
Today Ripley County joins an excellent network of Indiana
Triad programs that are working specifically to protect those
Hoosiers who are at risk and to whom we owe so much for their
contribution to our society.
The newly formed Ripley County Triad is one of 24 across the state.
Zoeller explained that his office lends support from a distance
with the law enforcement and community leaders being on the front
lines. Sheriff Grills noted his office gets numerous calls asking
about possible scams, many times from seniors. He said he is thankful
to help make this group a reality in the county and looks forward
to working with anyone who wants to become a part.
We are pleased to be working with the Attorney Generals
office and members of the community on such a valuable asset for
our citizens, said Sheriff Grills. The Triad will
be a great opportunity for law enforcement and community leaders
to assist those from becoming victims of crime.
The charter signing event brought out many office holders, including
the Ripley County Prosecutor and staff members who also signed
on to become part of the Triad movement. Also signing the pledge
to help with the effort were commissioners, council members, Holton
Town Marshal Bob Curl, Osgood Deputy Marshal Adam Hunger, many
officers from the sheriffs office, including Major David
Pippin and others, who want to stand firm with the sheriff to
make a difference.
The initial local group who came together at the sheriffs
request to form the Triad included those from senior services,
clergy, the media and law enforcement.
Randy Thieman, chaplain for the sheriffs office, offered
a prayer asking Gods blessing on the group as they move
forward to make a difference for others in the community. The
logo for the local Triad says, Building a Community of Trust.
We want to promote and work towards a community of trust,
and with the Triad we will be able to be a catalyst for just that,
noted Sheriff Grills. He concluded, With resources from
our area as well as the state, the Triad should be a great attribute
to our community.
To find out more about the Triad you can log onto the Attorney
Generals website : www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2387.htm.
To become a part of the Ripley County Triad, you can go online:
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the sheriffs office
at 689-5558 for more information.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above, Sheriff Tom Grills, left,
signs the official charter of the Ripley County Triad, which
was also signed by Attorney General Greg Zoeller, on right,
on Wednesday, July 27 in the lobby of the courthouse in
Versailles. A large crowd gathered with many community leaders
also signing the charter to become part of the Triad which
is an association between law enforcement, seniors and community
organizations to protect the well-being of senior citizens.
Pictured below Holton Town Marshal Bob Curl signs on as
Osgood Deputy Marshal Adam Hunger waits his turn, left.