Austin Police Officers to participate in Operation Chill
Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some Austin kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee® drink at their neighborhood7-Eleven® store.
Operation Chill Kick-off
Monday, August 11, 2014
Gus Garcia Recreation Center
1201 E. Rundberg Ln.
Austin, Texas 78753
Through Operation Chill, the Austin Police Department will “ticket” youngsters who are caught in random acts of kindness, good deeds or positive community activities with free Slurpee coupons.
Some good “offenses” might include helping another person, wearing a bicycle helmet while riding or skateboarding, deterring crime or participating in the Police Athletic League (PAL). During the summer months and back-to-school season, kids in the City of Austin will receive free Slurpee coupons. The coupons are redeemable for a free small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven® stores and will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.
“What a great way to not only bridge the gap between police officers and children in the community but also to praise children for doing positive things. Hopefully Operation Chill will have a pay-it-forward effect and inspire all Austinites, children and adults, to make positive choices and help others,” said Chief of Staff Raul Munguia.
“Uniformed police officers sometimes can be intimidating to kids,” said Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven vice president of asset protection, “and Operation Chill provides a positive reason to interact with children and youth. Giving a child a free Slurpee coupon for doing good can help build relationships and reinforce doing the right thing, which might have a long-lasting impact.” Mark Stinde said, “Everyone loves Slurpee drinks, and having a reason to approach youngsters in a non-authoritative role gives police officers an opportunity to make connections with the community’s youngest citizens.”
Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven® to encourage kids’ good behavior during the hot summer months when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti. APD will also use the coupons to support other community projects and organizations.