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Have a Subway lunch, courtesy of the police

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECOR STAFF

Kids seen behaving in a responsible manner might get a free lunch, courtesy of the Park City Police Department and Subway.

The police and the fast-food restaurant are teaming on a program meant to reward proper behavior. Police officers have been given Subway loyalty cards to distribute to youths. The cards come with enough points for a free six-inch sandwich or a free kids meal.

Each police officer initially received 10 of the coupons, the Police Department said. Phil Kirk, a captain, said he had distributed a few of the coupons by early August. He recounted that he gave out coupons to two McPolin Elementary School students he saw wearing helmets while riding bicycles and using a crosswalk to cross Kearns Boulevard.

"It’s rewarding positive behavior," Kirk said.

In an e-mail distributed within the Police Department recently, officers were given guidelines for giving out the coupons, including when a young person is seen wearing padding and a helmet while skating, rollerblading or using scooter. Other examples included wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle and using the orange flags placed at some crosswalks.

The e-mail says the program is to "help combat summer outdoor injuries."

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It is the second time the Police Department is partnering with Subway, which has locations on Bonanza Drive in Park City and on Ute Boulevard in the Snyderville Basin.

The program is similar to one that partners the Police Department and 7-Eleven that rewards good behavior by youngsters with a coupon for a free 12-ounce Slurpee. That program is known as Operation Chill.

"Both of them are extremely helpful for us," Kirk said about the programs with Subway and 7-Eleven.

The Police Department has long said the programs are helpful as officers work toward stronger relations with youths. If the young people see the police as friendly at that time in their life, they might have a better view of officers as they get older, the police say.

Police Department logs over the summer have shown officers distributing coupons from the programs in a number of places throughout Park City and for a variety of examples of good behavior.