Siloam Springs PD To Host Safety Sessions For Local Seniors

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SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) -- Benton County law enforcement agencies will be holding two safety sessions for local senior citizens this week.

The SALT Council, which stands for Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, will host two senior safety academies on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Siloam Springs Senior Activity & Wellness Center.

The center is located at 750 Heritage Court in Siloam Springs.

To register, call (479) 228-0552 or email policedept@siloamsprings.com.

"This council was created decades ago to bridge the gap between law enforcement and senior citizens to really take care of them," Sgt. Mike Lira with the Benton County Sheriff's Office said. "I think in this world, in this area, really throughout the United States, seniors are targeted, they truly are, and I think it is our job and our responsibility to take care of them."

Tuesday, Sept. 22 Senior Academy

1:00 to 1:15 p.m. -- Registration and booth time

1:15 to 1:30 p.m. -- Welcome

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. -- Identity theft (presented by Stephan Svetz, Arkansas Attorney General's Office)

2:15 to 2:30 p.m. -- Break and booth time

2:30 to 3:15 p.m. -- Scams targeting seniors (presented by Stephan Svetz, Arkansas Attorney General's Office)

3:15 to 3:30 p.m. -- Break and booth time

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. -- Safety issues with people with dementia (presented by Brandi Schneider, Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education)

4:15 to 4:30 p.m. -- Break and vendors

4:30 to 5:00 p.m. -- Siloam Springs Police Department's response to crime

Thursday, Sept. 24 Senior Academy

1:00 to 1:15 p.m. -- Registration and booth time

1:15 to 2:00 p.m. -- Project Stronghold/Home safety program (presented by the Siloam Springs Police Department)

2:00 to 2:15 p.m. -- Break and booth

2:15 to 3:00 p.m. -- Elder abuse (presented by the Siloam Springs Police Department)

3:00 to 3:15 p.m. -- Break and booth

3:15 to 4:00 p.m. -- Smart 911 and Siloam Alert (presented by the Siloam Springs Police Department)

4:00 to 4:15 p.m. -- Break and booth

4:15 to 4:45 p.m. -- Citizen concerns/open forum question and answer session

4:45 to 5: 00 p.m. -- Closing remarks and door prizes