Behave, kids, and you might get a Slurpee, courtesy of the police
June 15, 2010
Not all the kids stopped by the Park City Police Department this summer will be in trouble.
The Police Department this summer is again participating in a 7-Eleven program meant to reward good behavior by youngsters. Through a program known as Operation Chill, police officers will be handing out coupons for free 12-ounce Slurpees to kids who are seen behaving.
Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said each officer was given 50 coupons in early June to distribute to the youngsters. Kirk said examples of good behavior could include using crosswalks and wearing safety gear while bicycling.
"They’re simple things, but they’re important safety concerns we have," Kirk said.
The Police Department has participated in the Operation Chill program for several years. It is similar to one organized by Subway that rewards good behavior with a coupon for a sandwich. The local police have also participated in the Subway program and are vying to work with the sandwich shop again.
Kirk said approximately a dozen of the coupons had been given out through the middle of the week. He rewarded several kids who were wearing helmets while bicycling, Kirk said.
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The Police Department will distribute the coupons while supplies last, and a statement from the police indicates they will have them for a few months.
The police see the program as a way to strengthen relationships with youngsters. If there are good relations with young people, the police hope, the bond with the kids will follow into adulthood.
Last week, the Police Department gave out several of the coupons across Park City. Public police logs did not provide details about what led the officer to give out the coupons, though.
Some of the Slurpee coupons distributed include:
At 8:06 p.m. on June 10, an officer met with a group of kids on lower Iron Horse Loop and gave them the coupons.
Earlier on June 10, at 2:53 p.m., two were handed out at the S.R. 224-Meadows Drive intersection.
Over the course of approximately 15 minutes starting just after 1 p.m. on June 10, six of the Slurpee coupons were given out, each on Round Valley Way.
"Operation Chill gives officers more opportunities to interact with children in a positive manner. It’s a way to reward kids for good deeds as well as enhance the relationship between the officers and the young people of Park City," the Police Department said in a prepared statement announcing this year’s program.
According to 7-Eleven, the program dates to 1996 and several hundred law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada participate. More than 10 million of the coupons have been given out, the convenience store says in a statement on its website.
The website also touts the program’s effects on relations between the police and youngsters, saying it "offers opportunities for officers to establish a rapport with kids in a neighborhood."