A tasty reward for staying cool, that’s the Operation Chill Program.
Once again, deputies will be on the look out for kids who are doing the right thing. Operation Chill Program is a 7-Eleven outreach program in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies will recognize kids for doing things like riding their bikes with a helmet on or crossing at crosswalks. Once found doing the right thing, the deputy “tickets” the kid, or kids, with a coupon for a 12-ounce Slurpee from 7-Eleven.
Since its inception in 1996, the Operation Chill Program has grown to include several hundred local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada each year. More than 10 million coupons have been distributed to officers on the beat in cities and towns where 7-Eleven does business.
In addition to encouraging positive behaviors like wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities and organizations, picking up trash, deterring crime or observing street crossing rules, the Operation Chill Program offers opportunities for deputies to establish a rapport with kids in a neighborhood.
Though the reasons for being “ticketed” may vary, the end result is the same for every youngster: A free Slurpee drink and a smile for a good deed.