Officers in the Calgary Police Service are issuing tickets to youth this summer, but not the kind you might expect.
The tickets being given are “positive tickets” for youth that exemplify good behaviour, such as riding a bike with a helmet, for playing outside, or being a good sibling. Youth that are issued these tickets can then redeem them for a free admission to a City of Calgary Recreation facility for themselves and a friend.
The positive ticketing campaign is to build positive relationships between youth and the police service. This experience is also positive for the officers, and allows them the opportunity to take a break from the numerous calls they receive a day or from handing out the tickets that most people like to avoid.
“I don’t know what those previous times they’ve seen a police officer and what those circumstances are, so this is an opportunity for us to give them a positive experience and it works great with the City of Calgary Recreation Department. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible to do this.” – Cst.Cecchini