School may be out for the summer but the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will still be encouraging kids to learn that “doing the right thing” is also the “cool thing to do.”
Thanks to a continued partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores, Operation Freeze 2017 recognizes positive behaviour in a very cool way…with a very cool treat!
OPP officers who observe youth doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behavior this summer will recognize that young person with a “positive ticket”. The ticket is actually a coupon valid for a free small Froster beverage at all participating Mac’s or Circle K stores across Ontario.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour by youth, Operation Freeze 2017 promotes opportunities for OPP officers to interact with youth in a positive manner in support of the OPP Positive Ticketing Program. Officers may again use the coupons to recognize youth for wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, pro-actively deterring crime or observing school crossing rules. Officers may also use the coupons as literal “icebreakers” to establish a rapport with kids in their patrol area. The intention is to ensure that the “Positive Tickets” legitimately reinforce the positive behaviour exhibited by a youth.
The OPP Positive Ticketing Program challenges our members to catch Ontario’s youth “in the act of doing right” and encouraging such behaviour through positive reinforcement,” said Sault Ste. Marie OPP Staff Sergeant Michael Maville, “Operation Freeze is proof positive that engaging our business communities in support of youth programs helps make our communities stronger.”