SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Santa Cruz police are handing out tickets, but these are the sticky, sweet and frozen kind.
Officers are teaming up with local 7-Eleven Stores for "Operation Chill." This program promotes positive interactions and reinforces good behavior with the kids in the community during non-enforcement contacts.
Officers hit the streets with the coupons that are good for a free small Slurpee drink at any one of the four 7-Eleven Stores in the City of Santa Cruz.
What's ironic, is one Santa Cruz police sergeant used to be on the cover of the Slurpee machine box when he was a kid.
The particpating store locations are, 367 Ocean Street, 218 Cardiff Place, 602 Laurel Street and 2429 Mission Street.
Examples of behavior that will get a coupon are wearing safety helmets, observing traffic safety rules, good citizenship and good deeds, being "brave" after a traffic collision or other emergency event.
Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has allowed police departments to issue more than 12.5 million coupons, or "tickets" to kids in communities throughout the country.
As the department puts it-- that's a serious amount of Alienade and Berry Citrus Slam, or Mountain Dew Blue Shock!
The program will last for as long as the coupons do, which expire December 31, 2014.
Here is Sgt. Jones, who was featured on Slurpee machine: