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Caught Cold-handed! Local Police Reward Good Kids with Free Slurpee(R) Coupons

From PRNewswire in the Wall Street Journal: 

Kids caught red-handed doing good deeds in the community may find themselves cold-handed as a result, holding a free Slurpee(R) drink. Thousands of uniformed police officers across the country will hand out free Slurpee coupons this summer through Operation Chill(TM), 7-Eleven(R) stores’ popular community service program.

Big-city police departments and small-town forces alike receive the coupons, redeemable for a free small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores. This year, the convenience retailer will distribute coupons to more than 600 agencies across the U.S. as part if this as part of the award-winning community service program introduced 18 years ago in Philadelphia before launching nationally the following the year. Since then, police officers have given away millions of Slurpee drinks to reward children and youth for “good behavior.” This year’s participating agencies are listed below.

“Uniformed police officers sometimes need a positive reason to interact with children and youth, and giving kids free Slurpee coupons for doing good is a great way to build a relationship,” said Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven’s vice president of asset protection. “Recognizing kids with a favorite summertime treat can reinforce good conduct, which might have a long-lasting impact.”

Through Operation Chill, law enforcement officers from participating local police and sheriff’s departments “ticket” youngsters who are caught in random acts of kindness, good deeds or positive community activities with free Slurpee coupons. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, wearing a bicycle helmet while riding or skateboarding, deterring crime or participating in a police athletic league…. Please click here to read more in the Wall Street Journal.

Participating Law Enforcement Agencies:

Blue Island Police Department Blue Island IL Broadview Police Department Broadview IL Brookfield Police Department Brookfield IL Burbank Police Department Burbank IL Country Club Hills Police Department Country Club Hills IL East Hazel Crest Police Department East Hazel Crest IL Evergreen Park Police Department Evergreen Park IL Hazel Crest Police Department Hazel Crest IL Homewood Police Department Homewood IL Lyons Police Department Lyons IL New Lennox Police Department New Lennox IL Oak Lawn Police Department Oak Lawn IL Orland Hills Police Department Orland Hills IL Orland Park Police Department Orland Park IL Park Forest Police Department Park Forest IL Richton Park Police Department Richton Park IL Sauk Village Police Department Sauk Village IL Steger Police Department Steger IL Summit Police Department Summit IL Tinely Park Police Department Tinley Park IL

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