‘Positive Tickets’ Police Program Can Change Lives

June 25, 2015

Ward Clapham, now a retired RCMP officer from Richmond, BC, was worried about all the negative attention kids were getting from cops, yet nothing for doing something good like wearing their bike helmet or crossing at the crosswalk.

So he created “positive tickets”, a reward that was redeemable for things like free ice cream or a free entrance to the swimming pool.  His hope was to “promote the good” instead of punishing the bad.

At first, no one thought it was a success because the prizes weren’t being redeemed, but he soon found out it was because the kids were keeping the tickets, like a badge or a medal.

And what began as a local initiative to help connect with young people in his community inspired a nationwide RCMP program and has been adopted in over 25 countries. So far, an estimated 500,000 “positive tickets” have been issued worldwide.

So today we give a special thanks to retired officer Mr. Clapham…who random act of change is one that will become part of his life legacy, and is one that should inspire other officers around the world.

See the complete story on Huffington Post

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