Oswego Police 'Ticketing' Kids for Good Deeds This Summer
Jun 14, 2016 10:52AM ● Published by Steven Jack
This 7‑Eleven community outreach program is designed to reduce crime and enhance relations between police and youth during the hot summer months. Operation Chill allows law enforcement officers to “ticket” kids they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior.
The ticket is actually a coupon for a free 12-oz. Slurpee at any participating U.S. 7‑Eleven store. The coupon is valid until the end of 2016.
Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has had more than 15 million coupons distributed by law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. In addition to rewarding such positive behaviors as wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities and organizations, observing street crossing rules, picking up trash and deterring crime, the program offers added opportunities for police officers to interact with children and teens in a non-law enforcement situation and enhance their relationships with community youth.
Though the reasons for being “ticketed” may vary, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for a good deed. Oswego Police are hoping to see a great deal of good behavior this summer.