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Cops award youngsters’ behaviour

Pictured is Sgt Paul Smith, of Bolsover police, promoting the Think Positive ticket campaign to reward youngsters for good behaviour.

Pictured is Sgt Paul Smith, of Bolsover police, promoting the Think Positive ticket campaign to reward youngsters for good behaviour.

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire police and authorities are aiming to reward youngsters with tickets for good behaviour or for making positive contributions.

The Think Positive tickets will be given by Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team officers, Derbyshire County Council team officers, Extreme Wheels and Sporting Futures staff, Bolsover District Council’s CAN rangers and housing officers, and Rykneld Homes’ staff.

They will recognise anything from putting litter in a bin, helping a neighbour, reporting a crime, walking away from trouble or calming down rows. All recipients will have the chance to win a prize in a quarterly draw including vouchers for the cinema or shops.

Police certificate of merits will also be awarded.

Sgt Paul Smith, of Bolsover police, said: “We’re piloting this scheme over six months to encourage positive behaviour and recognise contributions that young people make in their communities.

“I hope that we can use it as an opportunity to show that while a minority of teenagers may get involved in anti-social behaviour, there are a lot of young people who are willing to make a positive contribution.”

The positive behaviour scheme will start this month, and the first prize draw will take place after Friday, October 31.

 

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