In Federal Way, Washington officers are issuing "tickets" to children and teens for good behavior. They say it will build a positive relationship between them and the community.
The Federal Way Police Department recently kicked off its “Positive Ticket Program,” which rewards kids for making positive choices with a certificate and a coupon, for items such as a free movie. The coupons are donated, so there’s no cost to taxpayers.
For example, if an officer sees a kid waiting for the crosswalk that cop will have a “chat” with the child and give them a ticket.
“I saw you walking with your sister, picking her up, and I thought that was a positive thing so is it ok that I give you a little reward for doing what you’re doing?” one officer said.
The program is all about the children, but it can impact officers in a positive way too.
“As an officer you always want to make that positive impact on someone and the earlier you can do it and the more consistent you can do it, it’s a good feeling. It’s a great feeling,” said Officer Thaddeus Hodge.