The Peel Regional Police announced the 2018 launch of the Positive Ticketing Program at an event held at the Circle K convenience store at 10601 Chinguacousy Road in Brampton.
Operation Heat was developed by Mac’s (now Circle K) in 2007 as part of their crime prevention through community engagement strategy and providing police officers the opportunity to engage in the positive ticketing of young people who are observed doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behaviour in the community. Peel Regional Police has participated in the positive ticketing program since 2013.
Positive ticketing encourages constructive interactions between youth and officers. Some police officers may use the coupons to recognise youth for wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds and following school crossing rules.
Other officers may use them as icebreakers to start conversation with youth in their patrol areas. The coupons are for a free beverage at all participating Circle K Convenience stores across Ontario. In Peel Region, officers have issued over 65,000 positive tickets.
The Positive Ticketing Program is part of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Youth Strategy. It was introduced in 2010 to reward youth by issuing “positive tickets” for positive behaviour. Youth are issued tickets for practising personal safety (e.g., wearing bicycle helmets), doing various good deeds, participating in community activities, demonstrating community pride (e.g., picking up trash), deterring crime and observing school crossing rules. OPP officers also issue the tickets as an icebreaker, to develop a rapport with youth in their patrol areas.
Have you got your positive ticket yet? -CINEWS