The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office is proactive in promoting Senior Citizen initiatives through educational and awareness programs. Our quarterly presentation series is popular among seniors throughout the Cape and focuses on topics such as identifying and avoiding elder scams, how to identify and report elder abuse, and disaster preparedness tips. In addition to our regular programs the BCSO is collaborating with the Cape and Islands Consumer Assistance Council, an entity of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, to conduct extensive outreach and education to seniors on consumer rights.
The Sheriff’s Office is also engaged in regional initiatives to safeguard seniors. One regional initiative is the Cape Cod Elder Abuse Coalition (CCEAC) which was created through an idea of local Councils on Aging to promote awareness and to educate those who have daily interactions with seniors to identify senior abuse, senior neglect, senior fraud, and how to report these crimes. The CCEAC is a partnership between the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, Elder Services of Cape Cod, all 15 Councils on Aging in Barnstable County, the Barnstable County District Attorney’s Office, Independence House of Cape Cod, and numerous health care service providers throughout the cape.