About S.A.L.T

The Office of the Albany County District Attorney’s Seniors And Law enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) is a multi-disciplinary approach; a partnership between The District Attorney’s Office, other law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and members of the senior community themselves.

The goal of S.A.L.T. is to:
Heighten public awareness of elder abuse;
Provide prevention and intervention strategies;
Offer education to those servicing seniors;
The ultimate goal is to combat elder fraud/abuse and exploitation

The S.A.L.T. initiative consists of a number of measures to address crimes committed against seniors and to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

S.A.L.T. was created as a result of DA David Soares recognizing that while financial exploitations, neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuses are occurring against our senior population, there seems to be a tendency to underreport these crimes.

Our seniors don’t report crimes for fear of embarrassment, retaliation and the anxiety associated with navigating the complex criminal justice system. S.A.L.T. was created with those concerns in mind.

Through the S.A.L.T. Initiative we intend to increase the likelihood of individuals reporting crimes committed against our seniors through making the criminal justice system more user-friendly for our senior victims.

We provide our victims aged 60 and older an Assistant District Attorney, a Victim/Witness Specialist, and a Criminal Investigator. These individuals are well versed in handling crimes committed against our senior population and whenever possible will deliver services directly to them in their homes.

S.A.L.T. offers a unique and comprehensive approach to prosecuting cases where there is an elder victim in order to provide them with support through the criminal justice process.

S.A.L.T. empowers our seniors through crime prevention trainings designed to provide senior communities with the tools to protect themselves, their friends and their neighbors.

Our S.A.L.T. Team provides community forums and trainings on ways to safeguard against financial frauds, how to recognize physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect and education on the criminal justice system.
Several Albany County senior housing facilities have already received training to become “S.A.L.T. certified” patrol teams in order to prevent crimes from occurring in their facilities and appropriately address those that do.

Imperative to the success of S.A.L.T. is an effective collaboration among law enforcement, social service and government agencies who serve the senior population, and seniors themselves.

The S.A.L.T. non-emergency hotline (447-SALT) provides a direct line of communication for the public to voice concerns about seniors.

                    

Please see our

SALT Resource Guide 

for a list of our Partners in Fighting Crimes Against the Elderly