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Township Police, 7-Eleven Rewarding Youths For Good Deeds

 

7-11 operation chillUp to 300 township youths who are spotted doing good deeds by Franklin Township police will be rewarded with a free Slurpee drink.

The FTPD is participating in the 21st annual Operation Chill by 7-Eleven, a national community service program.

The coupons are used to “enhance relations with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, positive activities and acts of kindness,” according to a release on the program.

“We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships in the community,” FTPD Chief Lawrence Roberts said in the release. “Operation Chill makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way. This is a great short- and long-term investment for 7-Eleven and for us.”

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies’ community relations projects, according to the release.

Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 15 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7-Eleven operates stores. During 2016, up to 1.28 million coupons will be issued nationally, the release states.

Through Operation Chill, law enforcement officers from participating local police and sheriff’s departments can “ticket” youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee beverage coupons. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime, or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores, according to the release.

“I don’t know who likes the Operation Chill program more, police officers or kids,” Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven vice president Asset Protection, said in the release. “Police officers have told us they love having a positive reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon, just for being good citizens.”

 

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