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'Tickets' for good deeds in town

Tualatin Police officers and Operation Chill partner to issue children Slurpee coupons after performing good deeds

Tickets aren't always a bad thing, as Tualatin's youth will learn throughout the summer.

With the help of Tualatin Police officers and in conjunction with 7-Eleven's Operation Chill, local kids will be awarded Slurpee coupons for showing good behavior.

Through the program, officers can "ticket" youngsters caught in the act of doing good. Appropriate "offenses" include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee at participating 7-Eleven stores. In Tualatin, the coupons can be redeemed at the 6630 S.W. Nyberg St.

"This is a great opportunity for our police officers to interact with young people in a non-enforcement manner and to reinforce good behavior," said Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker.

Since the program started in 1995, nearly 14 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7-Eleven operates stores. In 2015 alone, approximately 1.25 million coupons are expected to be issued nationally — most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the summer, when there is often an increase in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti. The initiative also aims to support law enforcement agencies' community relations projects.