Community Affairs


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The Community Affairs Division of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office is the primary link between the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of the City of Portsmouth. The innovative programs offered by the Community Affairs Division foster rich and sustainable partnerships between our office and the populations we serve.

The Community Services Unit consists of the following:

  • The Senior Unit
  • TRIAD Program
  • Youth Services Unit
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Project Lifesaver
Sheriff Moore and a senior citizen

Senior Unit

This Unit serves our community’s older adult population. Through educational programs focused on healthy living strategies, and by connecting them with a range of direct services, the Sheriff’s Office Senior Unit works to ensure that every person has the resources needed to live an active and vibrant life.

Senior citizen with caretaker


TRIAD (Talk, Respond, Involve, Assist, Deter) is a program sponsored by the Portsmouth Sheriff Department’s Senior Unit. It’s focused on enhancing the lives of our city’s older citizens by empowering them to plan for life’s changes. The initiative empowers older adults to devise helpful life strategies through a series of user-designed programs and activities. TRIAD focuses on elder abuse prevention by helping seniors develop plans for latter year life stages, and by developing reliable support networks. TRIAD is a collaborative effort involving law enforcement, older adults, and related organizations.

group of happy children

Youth Services

In tandem with our dedicated community partners, the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Unit addresses the complex issues surrounding youth violence and delinquency. By creating opportunities for dialog, and by developing appropriate interventions, we prepare Portsmouth’s young women and men to lead their best lives.

Portsmouth Sheriff's Deputies with the D.A.R.E. mascot


The D.A.R.E. Program’s primary mission is to teach students critical decision-making skills so they’ll be equipped to lead safe and healthy lives. Taught by our law enforcement officers, the program is designed to enhance social skills, boost self-esteem, and provide tools to help young people make responsible decisions. The curriculum includes lessons on the dangers of drug abuse, resisting peer pressure, and taking a stand against bullying.

elderly woman smiling

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a program dedicated to protecting members of our population whose risk of wandering away from home or a medical facility is elevated. Using radio frequency technology, at-risk individuals such as persons with Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Epilepsy, Down Syndrome, or other related illnesses can be easily located should they become lost or disoriented.

Here’s how it works: A Project Lifesaver law enforcement team member will attach a radio transmitter device to the wrist or ankle of the at-risk individual. The radio transmitter then emits a constant, yet inaudible pulse that can be picked up by a Public Safety Officer’s receiver. Monitored 24-7, Project Lifesaver’s transmitters ensure that loved ones remain safe and secure.

For more information about specific programs, please contact us.