As part of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Youth Strategy, the Positive Ticketing Program was introduced in 2010 to reward youth by issuing “positive tickets” for positive behaviour. Through an effective communication strategy, the program strategically engages Ontario’s Mac’s Convenience Stores and the media via two community-based crime prevention initiatives:
The “positive tickets” are an avenue or tool that may be utilized by our members to initiate relationships between youth, their communities and local businesses.A youth may receive a positive ticket from an OPP officer to recognize youth for any number of positive behaviours:
Traffic Safety and Operational Support Command, Field Support Bureau, Crime Prevention Section
Part of the OPP Youth Strategy.
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Since the introduction of the OPP Positive Ticketing Program in the summer of 2010, more than 300,000 Operation Freeze and Operation Heat coupons have been strategically used by OPP to recognize and motivate positive behaviour amongst Ontario’s youth.In addition to numerous external enquiries from community groups and other police services, our monitoring and evaluation of the program and its partnerships helped us measure the impact it was having in support of our frontline members and communities.Following the completion of each initiative, an evaluation of the OPP Positive Ticketing Program was completed through a strategic analysis of its community-based radio, print and television media coverage and a “frontline feedback” report from our members delivering the program.In addition to outstanding public awareness and education for the program from across our province, a myriad of positive comments and examples of the program’s positive impact in support of youth living in their communities are regularly cited.Many examples where the program helped mobilize communities were also cited, including initiatives where community service officers worked with their local newspapers to facilitate citizen nominations for youth warranting positive tickets.In addition to its obvious public awareness, education and community engagement benefits, the OPP Positive Ticketing Program initiatives have proven to us again that strategic partnerships working diligently towards a community-based shared responsibility can indeed help prevent crime and strengthen relationships with our communities. Contact for further information.
Since the introduction of the OPP Positive Ticketing Program in the summer of 2010, more than 300,000 Operation Freeze and Operation Heat coupons have been utilized to recognize youth for positive behaviour across Ontario. This represents an in-kind donation by Mac’s Convenience Stores exceeding $500,000.
The OPP Positive Ticketing Program may not be the first initiative to incorporate the positive ticketing concept; it is certainly however the largest and most recognized in North America, with Operation Heat 2011 being recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The provincial public awareness and education impact (through our media communities and detachment members) continues to be outstanding. The personal impact achieved, one youth at a time, by a frontline member issuing a positive ticket, remains priceless.
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