Positive ticketing a worthwhile experience for everyone

Significant rewards from police campaign

A positive ticketing campaign by police has been well-received. (Photo submitted)

A positive ticketing campaign by police has been well-received. (Photo submitted)

Doing the right thing has its rewards.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP conducted a Positive Ticketing Campaign from July 2 through Sept. 10. The initiative through the summer has been geared at highlighting the good deeds, habits and actions of youth in the community.

Youth were given a positive ticket along with a coupon for a free treat if they were caught doing the right thing.

“Most of the tickets were issued for wearing a bike helmet while cycling, several for helping a parent or a sibling with a task or making a variety of good choices,” said Cpl. Jean Gelderblom, of the Traffic and Community Engagement Unit. “Overall it’s been a very well-received program with great feedback from community members.”

Community-based initiatives such as this would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Cowichan Community Policing and Crime Prevention staff and volunteers.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were pleased to partner with the Municipality of North Cowichan, The Big Scoop and Dairy Queen for this project.

In July, approximately 75 positive tickets were issued, with another 50 in August.

It is anticipated a total of 150 positive tickets will be issued by front-line officers by the end of the campaign.

Each positive ticket will be entered into a grand-prize draw taking place Sept. 25.