The program has recovered $705,113 since its formation in 2015.
By: Shannon Martin
Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff's Office
In September 2015, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Florida Attorney General’s Office to form a Seniors vs. Crime Unit, a free program aimed to help prevent senior citizens from falling prey to criminals.
Since then, the program has assisted in 414 cases and recovered a total of $705,113.44 for Flagler County’s seniors.
“I want to personally thank each and every volunteer for their dedication and hard work,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “In 2019 alone, these dedicated volunteers helped recover over $223,653 for seniors in our county who have been victimized. In other cases, they assisted in laying the groundwork for a criminal case. Enough good cannot be said about the great work being done by the amazing volunteers involved in this program.”
Seniors vs. Crime provides direct services to seniors in Flagler County who have been victimized by businesses or service providers.
If a case is determined to be criminal in nature law enforcement takes over the investigation. In addition, the volunteers regularly conduct seminars on how seniors can protect themselves from becoming a victim of these crimes.
For more information about Seniors vs. Crime, call the Flagler County Seniors vs. Crime Project Office at 386-586-2634, or visit them online at www.seniorsvscrime.com.