Positive ticketing program goes into effect

A positive ticketing program means young people caught being good citizens are being given a ticket and a chance to win a prize.

 

By Treena Mielke

Sometimes being handed a ticket by a uniformed police officer is not such a bad thing.

Two young men who happened to be wearing helmets when riding their skateboards found this out last Wednesday when they were suddenly approached by Const. Carman Dutz of the Rimbey RCMP.

The constable was carrying a ticket book and he looked like he meant business.

And he did.

“You’ve been caught,” he told thirteen-year-old Evan Barr and twelve-year-old Jaxon

And he did.

“You’ve been caught,” he told thirteen-year-old Evan Barr and twelve-year-old Jaxon Obray.

The boys were understandably quite surprised when they were handed tickets.

Dutz explained that a positive ticketing program is now underway in Rimbey.

“In a nutshell we just look for kids that are being good citizens and we give them a ticket.”

All tickets go into a monthly draw for a prize.

The program is an effective way to encourage positive behavior among young people, said Dutz.

“We have done the positive ticketing program in every community that I have worked in and it does have the desired effect,” said Dutz. “We always get very positive feedback, as well.”

The positive ticketing program is being sponsored by the town and local businesses.