ORILLIA, ON, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Kids caught in the act of doing the right thing this winter won't be
given "the cold shoulder" by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) thanks
to a continued partnership with Mac's Convenience Stores across
Operation Heat 2012 recognizes positive behaviour by Ontario youth in a
very warm way…with a warm and delicious treat!
Building on this past summer's highly successful Operation Freeze 2012,
OPP officers who observe local youth doing random acts of kindness or
exhibiting positive behavior this winter will again 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 across Ontario.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour, Operation Heat 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 -
experience and a free hot chocolate beverage!
"The OPP is pleased to once again participate in this highly successful
initiative that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour,"
said OPP Inspector Leslie Craig, Commander, OPP Crime Prevention
Section. "The OPP Positive Ticketing Program challenges our members to
catch Ontario's youth "in the act of doing right" and encouraging such
behaviour through positive reinforcement. Engaging our business
communities in support of youth programs helps make our communities
"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
Since the OPP Positive Ticketing Program's inception in the summer of
2010, more than 300, 000 Operation Freeze and Operation Heat
coupons have been used to recognize youth for positive behaviour across
Ontario. During the upcoming winter months, over 60,000 Operation Heat
coupons will be presented to kids by OPP officers across Ontario.
In addition to its outstanding public awareness, education and community
engagement benefits, the personal impact achieved one youth at a time,
by an OPP officer issuing a positive ticket to a child, remains
Learn more at the OPP Crime Prevention Section, Community Issues
Internet site @ www.opp.ca
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Inspector Leslie Craig
Commander, Crime Prevention Section
Mr. Sean Sportun
Manager, Loss Prevention & Security
Mac's Convenience Stores, Inc