Posted on October 29, 2016 at 8:28 am by Clay Curtin
For the past several months, Menlo Park officers have been rewarding teens and younger children for obeying rules of the road, exercising safe measures when crossing the street, for demonstrating other traffic safety behaviors like wearing helmets and just displaying acts of kindness. Community Safety Police Officer Mary Ferguson wanted a way to provide positive reinforcement to school age children and teens for wearing helmets, riding safely, crossing in cross walks, and for acts of kindness like holding the door for someone, picking up garbage, etc. She sought to model other police agencies and participate in “Operation Chill
,” which is a partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc. This operation is designed for officers to approach and surprise children and teens with a free Slurpee coupon when they recognize safe behaviors and kind behaviors of children. Slurpee coupons help to enhance relationships with young people by rewarding them for good deeds, positive activities and acts of kindness. Officers also appreciate their safe actions when riding their bikes, following the rules of the road whether as a pedestrian, a bicyclist or skateboarder.