Ontario Provincial Police got an early start on Crime Prevention Week (Nov 4-10) yesterday by kicking off “Operation Heat”.
Officers and students gathered at Circle K in Midland to promote the program, during which officers in communities across the province will be on the lookout for youth demonstrating acts of kindness and exhibiting positive behaviour.
“The OPP is pleased to be continuing its partnership with Circle K Stores across Ontario again this year for Operation Heat 2018. Operation Heat gives our officers opportunities to interact and build relationships in a rewarding way with our communities” – Inspector Angie McCollum, OPP Community Safety Services.
OPP, working with Circle K stores will be rewarding young people with a ‘Positive Ticket’ for such things as:
- doing a good deed and being kind to others
- participating in community activities
- demonstrating community pride e.g. picking up trash
- deterring crime or observing school crossing rules; or
- as an “icebreaker” to establish a rapport with kids in their patrol area.
The tickets redeemable for hot beverages at Circle K.
“Positive community engagement is an essential first step to breaking barriers and building trust. We are very excited to once again partner with the OPP as we work collaboratively towards a safer community” – Sean Sportun, ICPS – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Circle K Stores in Central Canada.
The theme for this year’s Crime Prevention Week is “Crime Prevention: Help Us Help You” emphasizing the importance of police working with community partners from a variety of sectors, as well as the public, to develop programs and strategies that address local crime and complex social issues on a sustainable basis.