LAKE FOREST – The Lake Forest Police Foundation (LFPF) and the Lake Forest Police Department (LFPD) are launching with the support of some great local businesses. It is Positive Tickets for Youth.
From now through Labor Day through Labor Day, the Lake Forest Police are cracking down and giving tickets to minors who exhibit good behavior. Positive Tickets for Youth are simply citations given out by the LFPD and the LFPF to minors observed engaging in good behavior. These tickets can be exchanged at participating local businesses for a designated item, as a reward.
This program will:
· Allow the officers to work proactively with youth while reinforcing positive behavior
· Acknowledge positive behavior while offering something of value to kids doing things that better our community
· Help prevent crime
· Strengthen the relationship between our Department, Foundation, local businesses, and the community
· Shift the mindsets and attitudes some may have towards the Police while building a trusting relationship and improving the comfort level between Officers and kids
Examples of good behavior to be rewarded:
· Officer seeing a kid walking their bike on the sidewalk in the business district instead of riding it
· Officer observing a child wearing their helmet while riding their bike
· Officer observing a child picking up trash they see and putting it in a garbage can
· Officer observing a student practicing safety rules for school crossings
· Child wearing a seat belt on their parent’s traffic stop
· Officer observing a student helping mow a lawn or do yard work
Participating businesses and “rewards”:
· Chipotle: A free kids meal coupon or a coupon for a free burrito
· Donati’s: Gift Card for $4.40
· LF Juice: Free Small Smoothie
· Meatheads: Free Entrée
· SportsClips: Free Haircut
· Suzy’s Swirl: $5.00 in Suzy Bucks
· Sweet Pete’s: 1 cupcake, cotton candy, or 1 small ice cream scoop
How to get cited:
Be “caught” doing something right, helpful, good for the community, following the rules, out of the ordinary, or above and beyond.
Get Recognized for it:
The Officer will collect the child’s name, write his or her name and badge number on the citation along with what the child is being recognized for. We will not be collecting any other information. The child will then be provided with a copy of their “ticket” along with a “reward” to exchange at one of the local businesses that are participating.
Officers have been encouraged to participate in this new, unique program, have fun, and get creative with their ticketing!
Submitted by the Lake Forest Police Foundation