Police Reward Kids in Mississauga with Positive Ticketing
This summer, police are continuing their yearly tradition of positive ticketing with a program they call "Operation Freeze."
Operation Freeze's goal is to encourage kids to do the right thing and exhibit positive behaviour. The program is a partnership between Peel Regional Police and Mac’s Convenience Stores.
Kids can get these "tickets" — actually coupons for a free beverage at any participating Mac’s in Ontario — by doing certain things such as: Wearing a helmet while biking, doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up garbage, deterring crime, following school crossing rules, and more.
The program's winter counterpart is Operation Heat, in which coupons for hot drinks are handed out instead.
The program was established in 2007. Since then, police have issued more than 800,000 coupons across the province.
What do you think of the program? Is this an effective way for police to interact with and reward our city's youth?