Local Police ‘Ticketing’ Youth For Good Deeds

Photo Collage by Colin Close    Kids who do the right thing might just find themselves with a cool rewards courtesy of the Alameda Police Department. A delicious free slurpee could be earned as easily as wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle.

This summer, the Alameda Police Department (APD) will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee justice to good kids in Alameda. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven is working with local law enforcement agencies to distribute free Slurpee coupons to children and teens through its popular Operation Chill community program.

This year, 7-Eleven once again donated coupons that will be distributed throughout the summer months across the Island.

Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relationships with youth by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. Appropriate “offenses” may include helping another person, reporting a crime, participating in crime prevention events, using the crosswalk or wearing a bicycle helmet.

Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every child: a free small Slurpee and a smile after their good deed has been recognized. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee at participating 7-Eleven stores.

This event is presented by 7-Eleven and APD to foster positive interactions between police officers and the community they serve. Each patrol officer will be equipped with multiple coupons to distribute accordingly over the next several months.

Contact Michaelia Parker, crime prevention technician, at 337-8316 with any questions.