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Posted on: July 8, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Operation Chill, 2011

The Fort Morgan Police Department is participating in a cool program to convince kids that being a good citizen can be a sweet deal.

The Fort Morgan Police Department is participating in a cool program to convince kids that being a good citizen can be a sweet deal.

Fort Morgan officers will be giving out coupons for free Slurpees to kids spotted obeying laws and doing good deeds, Police Officer Roger Doll said.

Youngsters can redeem the coupons at 7-Eleven stores.

“It's not just talking to kids and telling them `good job,’” Doll said. “It's giving them credit immediately for their positive actions.”

Wearing a bike helmet, walking in a crosswalk, picking up trash or reporting suspicious activities or crimes are examples of things that can earn kids one of the free, icy, flavored drinks.

Named “Operation Chill,” the effort is a partnership between 7-Eleven and law enforcement agencies nationwide. This year, 7-Eleven gave Fort Morgan Police over 200 coupons to distribute, Doll said. The department plans to hand them out over the next few weeks.

The hope is that young people will associate the rewards with good behavior and repeat it in the future. The program also is intended to promote positive relationships in the community by showing young people and their parents that police are concerned about their safety.

The convenience store chain introduced the program in 1995 in an effort to reduce crime and help police improve relations with young people during the summer, when graffiti, shoplifting and loitering often rise, according to 7-Eleven. The company has since distributed nearly 10 million Slurpee coupons.

Fort Morgan started participating in the program in 2007, Doll said. The response has been positive, and officers enjoy issuing “tickets” for good deeds.

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