St. George RCMP to ticket residents for doing good

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Residents of eastern Charlotte County make sure to tell your kids to follow the rules and do as many good deeds as possible since the St. George RCMP officers started positive ticketing on Saturday.

Positive ticketing is an initiative that's been in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for years, but never in the eastern Charlotte County area, according to Lisa Williams, the area's community program officer for the RCMP.

Under this program, officers from the local detachment of the RCMP will be looking for kids that follow the rules, take safety measures and do good deeds around the community, while they are patrolling.

The program aims to let the youth and the community see the police in a different light and to build trust with the officers.

"If members see a bunch of youth biking, and they have their helmets on, then they can stop and say, 'Hey, great job, you've got your helmet on. Here's a positive ticket,'" said Williams.

These tickets can be taken to the ANR accountants office at 37 Main St. in St. George and redeemed for a prize.

At the ANR accountants office, residents will find Faith E. Avery, who will give them their prizes upon presenting the tickets and will rip the top off their ticket to put it in a draw. The winner of the big draw will be announced by the end of August.

Avery is a former mayor of the town and is a community enthusiast who said she looks forward to meeting kids from around the area who have been ticketed for doing good deeds. She said they are receiving donations from various businesses in the area, in the forms of vouchers, bags of candy, cookies, money, etc. to turn into gifts.

"The community is very receptive," she said. "Some people might think it is bribery to get them to do it. But I think it's a great idea to recognize these youngsters."

Executing this practice was proposed after a new officer, Const. Caroline Faucher, joined the St. George detachment of the RCMP. New officers in the area have to do a project to interact with the youth and both Williams and Const. Faucher agreed with this idea for summer.

Faucher has been working in the area for about five months now and said she has had great police interactions with the kids in the area.

"I do see that the youth is very interested in us," Faucher said.

She said they aim that the kids continue with their good habits and many learn and adopt good habits from their friends.

"We are aiming for helmets on their bikes, crossing the streets at the right, designated areas. So we are trying to encourage those good behaviours and rewarding them," she explained.

She recognized the fact many kids might be a little nervous at the beginning when they see an officer approach them or hand them over a ticket, but it will ease up over time. She also mentioned that her colleagues are very excited too.

"I am very excited about it," she said. "I feel like it's a great way to give back to the community."

Rhythm Rathi, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal

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