ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - As communities across Ontario continue to
weather the extreme cold temperatures and potential February woes of
winter, kids will again have another reason to look forward to their
next encounter with an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer, thanks
to a hot new youth initiative developed in partnership with Mac's
Convenience Stores. "Operation Heat 2011" recognizes positive behaviour by our communities' youth in a very warm
way…with a warm and delicious treat!
Based on last summer's highly successful Operation Freeze 2010, OPP
officers who observe local youth doing random acts of kindness or
exhibiting positive behavior will be able to recognize that young
person with a "ticket" which is actually a coupon valid for a free hot
chocolate beverage valid at all participating Mac's stores in Ontario throughout
the winter of 2011.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour, Operation Heat 2011 promotes opportunities for OPP officers to interact
with youth in a positive manner in support of the OPP Positive
Ticketing Program. Officers may use the coupons to recognize youth for doing good
deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash,
pro-actively deterring crime or observing safe-street crossing rules.
Officers can also make use of the coupons as literal "icebreakers" to
establish a dialogue with kids in their patrol area.
Though the reasons for issuing the coupons may vary, the end result of
this youth positive ticketing initiative is the same for each youngster: a positive police -
community interaction experience and a free hot chocolate beverage!
"Operation Heat provides law enforcement with an additional tool to
initiate communication and reward our youth in a positive way", says
Sean Sportun - Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac's in Central
Canada. "Mac's strives to be a leader in crime prevention and we are
very excited about this new initiative and the positive message it
"The OPP is pleased to once again participate in an initiative that
recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour," said Inspector
Mark Allen, Manager of the OPP Crime Prevention Section. "Partnering
with local business and engaging our youth in a positive manner builds
partnerships that make our communities stronger."
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
|Inspector Mark Allen |
Manager, Crime Prevention Section
(705) 329 - 6435
|Mr. Sean Sportun|
Manager, Loss Prevention & Security
Mac's Convenience Stores, Inc
(416) 904 - 3805
Learn more at the OPP Crime Prevention Section, Community Issues internet site @ www.opp.ca