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    Loudoun Sheriff’s Office to issue ‘Slurpee tickets’ to kids for good behavior

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with 7-Eleven stores for the Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a cool treat.

    Through Operation Chill, deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office can “ticket” youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee beverage coupons.
    Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime, wearing a helmet and practicing bicycle safety or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

    “This is a great opportunity for our deputies to have a positive interaction with young people in a non-law-enforcement situation,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman in a prepared statement. “Ultimately, we want everyone to have a safe and fun summer.”

    Operation Chill was developed in 1995 by 7-Eleven Inc. to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the summer months, when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies’ community relations projects.

    Briefs / Public Safety / Eastern Loudoun / Western Loudoun /

    Let’s reward the kids w/sugar.

    Seems like a waste of time for Loudoun County Sheriff’s office to be doing this. Everyday I pass several cars where the driver is texting or very young kids in front seat or not in infant seat, tags expired….It might sound good but shouldn’t be done.

    Sorry, but handing out candy/treats/etc. to kids is a creepy thing to do. We teach our kids that if an adult takes a personal interest in a child and offers treats or gifts without parental knowledge that their stranger-danger alarm should be going off and they should distance themselves from that person especially if they are alone.
    A uniform doesn’t silence the stranger danger alarm since child predators can easily dress like police and start picking kids off the street to take them to 7-11 for their free slurpee. This is a horrible implementation of an otherwise fine PR idea.

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