Local RCMP and the Town of Shaunavon are promoting safety amongst youth with their new collaboration this summer.
The positive ticketing program, Project Positivity, is set to run from June 1 through the end of September.
Constable Craig Johnston said this was an idea they came up with, to positively reinforce personal safety habits.
“It's an important program to promote positive interactions with our youth and law enforcement,” he said. “We want to have a good relationship so that the youth see that law enforcement is a positive thing and not a negative thing.”
When an RCMP or bylaw officer spots someone displaying personal safety around the community, like wearing a helmet or walking their bikes across the street, they’ll hand out a positive ticket.
Youth can then take those positive tickets to local businesses (participating places listed on the back) and receive a prize.
A handful of businesses in Shaunavon have already signed up to take part in the initiative, with tomorrow as the deadline to register. Anyone interested is encouraged to reach out to Lauren Johnson, Economic Development Officer, at 306-618-5958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Wednesday, May 24 at 4 p.m.
“It's a really good idea; I'm happy that the town of Shaunavon is supporting this,” Johnston said. “They’re putting a lot of work into it. I just think that the town of Shaunavon, town the bylaw officer, all are working together to do something really positive.”