Police officers in West Melbourne, Fl., are running “Operation Commendable Kids” to praise young people for behaving well, reports Florida Today. Example: An officer gave coupons for free sandwiches to two boys who used a crosswalk. “I’m actually very stunned and right now I’m shaking,” said Jacob Klenotich, 13. Police want to have more positive interactions with children and the community, with each officer looking to issue a child at least one “ticket” per shift.
For wearing helmets on skateboards, Nick Hart, 9, and Killian Meyer-Rhodes, 7, were given coupons for free McDonald’s milk shakes. For wearing helmets on bicycles, Kaylee Eddleman, 6, and her brother Connor, 8, got coupons for $5 at Northstar Ice Cream Depot. “It’s an awesome idea,” said their father, Scott. “It lets the kids know that the police aren’t always the bad guys.”