OPP turning up the heat in support of youths

Kids caught in the act of doing the right thing this winter won’t be given “the cold shoulder” by the OPP, thanks to a continued partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores across Ontario.

Operation Heat 2012 recognizes positive behaviour by Ontario youth in a very warm way; with a warm and delicious treat.

Building on last summer’s highly successful Operation Freeze 2012, OPP officers who observe local youths doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behavior this winter will again be able to recognize that young person with a “ticket” which is actually a coupon valid for a free hot chocolate beverage valid at all participating Mac’s stores across Ontario.

In addition to recognizing good behaviour, Operation Heat promotes opportunities for OPP officers to interact with youth in a positive manner in support of the OPP Positive Ticketing Program.

Officers may use the coupons to recognize youths for doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, pro-actively deterring crime or observing safe-street crossing rules.

Officers can also make use of the coupons as literal “icebreakers” to establish a dialogue with kids in their patrol area.

Since the OPP Positive Ticketing Program’s inception in the summer of 2010, more than 300, 000 Operation Freeze and Operation Heat coupons have been used to recognize youth for positive behaviour across Ontario.