In light of recent heart-breaking, sometimes tragic events involving senior citizens being the target of scam artists, Mayor Reginald Spinello launched a new program to help safeguard Glen Cove’s senior citizens. The program, known as Safety Outreach for Seniors (SOS) was introduced by Spinello and members of the Glen Cove Police Department during the Glen Cove Senior Center’s annual Valentine’s Day luncheon. Deputy Chief Chris Ortiz, under the direction of Chief William Whitton, worked closely with the mayor to coordinate the police department’s participation.
Spinello said, “I have a deep concern for the safety of our senior citizens. Many of them are vulnerable, alone and unable to get crucial safety information through social media and the Internet. I feel the best way to help protect our senior citizens from scam artists it to provide them with information and safety tips in person. Police Officer Brian Miller will be making weekly visits to the Senior Center to not only give updated information but to also have an open discussion of our seniors’ concerns. Our police department and I want to ensure the safety of our seniors and to protect them from scam artists.”
During the introduction of the program at the Senior Center, Glen Cove Police Department Det. Lt. John Nagle spoke about the various scams targeting Long Island’s elderly population and offered advice on how not to become a victim. Ortiz emphasized the tremendous benefit Glen Cove residents obtain by having their own police department.
The new program was well-received by the seniors attending the luncheon and a spirited question and answer session was fielded by Ortiz, Nagle and Miller. In addition, Miller was able to sign up 100 seniors for the City of Glen Cove Emergency Notification Calling System.