Police combat 300% youth crime spike in Montgomery County, Maryland, with free Slurpee tickets for good behavior.

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The Takoma Park Police Department in Montgomery County, Maryland has implemented an innovative program called “Operation Chill”. Here’s how it works:

  • Purpose:
    • The program aims to reduce crime and build rapport between law enforcement officers and young community members.
  • What Happens:
    • When police officers observe children performing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior, they issue them Slurpee tickets.
    • These tickets can be redeemed at participating 7-Eleven stores for a free small Slurpee.
  • Examples of Good Deeds:
    • Children can earn tickets by wearing a helmet while riding a bike, helping an elderly person cross the street, or engaging in other positive actions.
  • Community Engagement:
    • The program serves as an ice breaker for officers to connect with children.
    • It encourages good behavior and fosters positive interactions.
  • Youth Crime Context:
    • Montgomery County has seen a 300% spike in youth crime between 2022 and 2023.
    • By engaging with children through Operation Chill, officers hope to make a difference.
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