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Positive Tickets — Launching May 5 in Okotoks

Okotoks Community & Protective Services and the RCMP have teamed up to create a positive ticket campaign for youth who are observed following the law or doing a good deed in our community.

Anyone who gets a ticket will be given a free McDonald’s treat coupon.  This is an opportunity to build relationships between officers and youth.  The positive ticket campaign will kicks off at the River Valley Clean-Up on May 5 and will run through the summer.

Some more details about the program

A community program where youth are “caught” doing good things and rewarded by local law enforcement
members with a positive ticket and a treat coupon, generously donated by Okotoks McDonald’s
  •  Program is based on the simple philosophy that recognizing good behaviour will inspire and motivate better behaviour
  • ​ Purpose of the program is also to build relationships of trust with youth in the community:
“It’s not about the ticket – it`s about the relationship. For many youth, the ticket is a trophy – recognition that they
are deserving and valuable members of the community. Many youth lack a caring adult in their life to celebrate
them when they make a great choice – to have affirmation that someone noticed, especially someone in law
enforcement, can have a huge positive impact!”
  •  Local law enforcement has identified the following concerning youth behaviours or actions: cell phone use while driving, speeding or unsafe driving, not wearing a helmet when biking, smoking/vaping, substance use, skateboarding where prohibited, not picking up after pets, disrespectful interactions – among others.
  •  The Positive Ticket program will strategically target concerning or illegal youth behaviours by “catching” youth who are doing the right things in Okotoks, making the community a better place!
For more information, visit okotoks.ca/positivetickets

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