Seniors and Law Enforcement Together
What is S.A.L.T.?
S.A.L.T. stands for Seniors And Law Enforcement Together. It is a cooperative effort of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Camas Police Department and the Senior Citizens of East Clark County.
What is S.A.L.T.'s purpose?
- To decrease crime and the "fear" of crime in order to raise livability for our seniors.
- To increase and improve senior crime prevention and education.
- To improve local law enforcement's knowledge of the crime prevention needs of seniors.
- To identify the concerns of local senior citizens.
- To improve senior victim assistance.
- To involve senior citizens in crime prevention and the educational efforts of S.A.L.T. and to raise awareness of the community of these special issues.
What can S.A.L.T. do?
S.A.L.T. Council activities have included the following:
- Monthly programs on issues seniors have identified, i.e., telemarketing scams, mail theft, check fraud, ombudsman, etc.
- Presented training for officers on sensitivity issues with Alzheimer's patients encountered on the streets as lost or missing.
- Created, published and distributed brochure on Elder Abuse which raised awareness of issue and provided LOCAL support.
- Refrigerator cards which list crucial medical and emergency information about a resident with special needs to aid emergency personnel dispatched to the home.
- Neighborhood Watch programs to address the specific concerns of senior neighbors.
How does S.A.L.T. work?
The S.A.L.T. Council is a group made up of representatives of the Sheriff Office, police departments of Camas and Vancouver, members of AARP, and local Senior Citizens.
Currently there is an East Side and a West Side for the public's convenience in being able to reach the locations. However, any citizen may attend one or more meetings per month. A free monthly "S.A.L.T. Times" newsletter arrives to members each month detailing meeting notices and special items of interest. The newsletter is also available via e-mail. Call (360) 397-2211, ext. 3380 to sign up.
West side S.A.L.T. meets:
Third Monday of each month at 11 am at 40 & 8 Community Center in Hazel Dell at 7607 NE 26th Avenue. Contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office Outreach Unit, (360) 397-2104.
East side S.A.L.T. meets:
Fourth Monday of each month at 11 am at Camas Police Department, 2100 NE Third, Camas, WA. Contact person is Tami Strunk, Camas Police, (360) 834-4151.