The Town of Paxton has experienced a large growth in the number of seniors in town. Many of them have public safety concerns which are different from other populations questions and/or concerns. For the above reason the Paxton Police Department realized the importance of having a liaison between the seniors and the police department, thus creating a Senior Liaison Officer. Detective Jason Silvestri was chosen as Paxton Police Departments first “Senior Liaison Officer”.
The above position was created to provide for any concerns,or problems while at the same time identifying the needs for elder adults. With these needs in mind, Detective Silvestri makes it a point to meet with the seniors at the Paxton Senior Center at least once a month and joins them during lunch or at one of their activities. It was the intention of the department and Detective Silvestri to become familiar with each persons concerns while allowing each senior to feel comfortable talking with him as a person, instead of a police officer. We as a department don’t want our senior’s to be afraid to report a crime and/or abuse to their local police department.
It’s our philosophy that if someone feels they can trust and be comfortable with you, then they are more apt to disclose information to you rather than to someone they don’t know.
The mission of the Senior Liaison Officer is to:
- Educate the seniors with recant crime trends as well as crime prevention
- Investigate crimes /suspicious activity involving seniors
- Provide referral assistance
- Work with seniors on safety and trust issues such as door to door scams, phone scams and general home and internet safety
Detective Silvestri’s contact information is:
Direct Line: 508-793-3137