South San Francisco Police Department “Tickets” Local Youth for Exhibiting Good Behavior
SSFPD Partners with 7-Eleven and Rewards Youth with Slurpees©
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 29, 2017 – The South San Francisco Police Department (SSFPD) is serving up sweet justice to local youth by rewarding them with “tickets” for being a good citizen, being street smart by observing safety rules, wearing their bicycle helmets and safety gear, and doing good deeds. Children can redeem their tickets, which are actually coupons, for free Slurpees© at area 7-Eleven participating stores.
“The SSFPD is pleased to be participating in ‘Operation Chill©’ with 7-Eleven to reward South San Francisco children for their good behavior,” said Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi. “It’s been rewarding for our officers to acknowledge children’s good behavior whether they are observed picking up litter, looking both ways before crossing the street, helping with outside chores, and being good citizens.” Chief Azzopardi says it’s even more rewarding for his officers to see the excited and pleasantly surprised expressions on children’s faces after one of our officers has “issued them a ticket coupon” for a job well done.
Operation Chill, in addition to rewarding good behavior in children, also offers opportunities for police officers to connect with our community’s youth in a non-law enforcement situation and establish good relationships and a sense of community.
“Our officers enjoy participating in this program, as it offers a positive and fun way to interact with our community’s young people,” added Chief Azzopardi.
During 2017, 7-Eleven will issue up to 1.33 million Slurpee© coupons to nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies in the nation.
The warm summer months of June and July are not only the perfect time to chill out with a refreshing semi-frozen, carbonated, flavored beverage, aka Slurpee©, but it’s also a perfect time for police-community involvement. Why? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report, the highest percentage of crime occurs in August, with concentrations almost as high in June and July.
“Chill Out” With Residents During National Night Out in August
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, also marks National Night Out, which is an annual community-strengthening campaign that promotes, builds, and reinforces partnerships between law enforcement, City officials, and the community. In fact, this year several South San Francisco neighborhoods and/or homeowners associations will once again be hosting fun-and-family-friendly events throughout the City from potlucks to BBQs to block parties to bring together their neighbors to help make our community a safer place to live, work, learn, and play.
If you’re interested in participating in the National Night Out program in South San Francisco, please reach out to Sheri.Boles@ssf.net.
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The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World, with 214 active biotech companies and growing. A vibrant community of 64,585 residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play.