Police issue tickets for good behavior One way people might get a good behavior ticket is by wearing their helmet when riding a bike. (Thinkstock)
Police issue tickets for good behavior
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Getting a ticket from police in one Massachusetts town isn't necessarily a bad thing.
 
Concord's police department says it plans to issue up to 200 "citations" for good behavior. That could include such things as wearing a bicycle helmet or a seat belt, yielding to pedestrians at a crosswalk or looking both ways before crossing a street.
 
Police Chief Joseph O'Connor says it's a light-hearted way to connect positively with the community.
 
Instead of a fine or a court appearance, these citations can be redeemed for two scoops of ice cream at Reasons to be Cheerful, a local dessert cafe. The owner of the restaurant, Wade Rubinstein, agreed to donate the ice cream.

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What other good behavior could police reward?
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COMMENTS (24)
  • erind-day
    10/22/2015 - 10:22 p.m.

    I am so happy after reading this article that at least one town is having police reward good behavior instead of constantly ticketing people for mistakes. Like the article said, actions like these will increase community connection and make the town feel more safe and a better place to live. Police excessive ticketing and brutality has made almost every american afraid of cops and that is not how our country should feel. If more towns gave out tickets like these for good behavior I think it would make our country a better place with less crime,rebellion and terror.

  • erino-6-bar
    10/23/2015 - 12:42 a.m.

    Other behavior that police could reward would be driving safely and not getting in accidents or speeding for a specified period of time, going out of their way to help someone, and being respectful to other vehicles.

    I think that this is a good idea because it gives people extra motivation to drive safely but could be a hassle of you are in a hurry and then you get pulled over even though you did nothing wrong.

  • kopacz,patrick-cas
    10/23/2015 - 08:19 a.m.

    1. Police could reward people for following the speed limit and for parking correctly and well.

    2. I think this is a good idea getting rewarded for good would help the community come together and prevent crime.

  • bohdan,patrick-cas
    10/23/2015 - 09:25 a.m.

    1.) Police can reward people who correctly use turn signals or those who follow the speed limit.

    2.) I believe that Police should reward good behavior because if someone is getting rewarded for something they have done, then they will continue to do the right things.

  • camacho,venus-cas
    10/23/2015 - 09:26 a.m.

    1. Other good behavior police could rewarrd is helping another person picking up garbage that was littered by others or stopping someone from breaking the law.
    2. I think it is dumb that they issue citations for good things done especially since some of these are things that should be done no matter what.

  • stout,savannah-cas
    10/23/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    1. Police could reward people with these "tickets" for doing things such as parking correctly, following the speed limit, and being an overall safe driver.

    2. I believe that rewarding citizens with these "tickets" are a good way to help the community prevent crime and motivate people to stay safe and follow the rules.

  • derekh-day
    10/23/2015 - 12:00 p.m.

    I don't think anyone should be rewarded for doing something they are expected to do. It seems like this is to target young children, because adults are surely not (and should not be) rewarded for driving safetly. Their reward is getting to their destination safetly. As for children you are only teaching them a fake reality of getting rewarded for very small expectations that would never happen in the real world.

  • tylers-day
    10/23/2015 - 06:35 p.m.

    I think this is a really good idea. I think by rewarding people for their good behavior will make more people start to do what they are suppose to do. Also it should help bring down traffic stops for people doing what they shouldn't be.

  • mathewb-day
    10/23/2015 - 06:52 p.m.

    This is a great way to show the community that not all police are the ones we see on TV who think that since they enforce the law that they can break it whenever they want without suffering the consequences. Positively connecting with the community will definitely make the polices job easier and the community feel safer.

  • lenning,kaitlyn-cas
    10/24/2015 - 09:48 p.m.

    1. Police could reward pedestrians for following the speed limit. They could also reward people for stopping at stop lights or parking correctly.
    2. I believe issuing citations for good behavior is a positive thing and a great idea. There have been many unfortunate events that happened with police lately throughout the United States which has caused tension to arise. The positive citations will establish a healthy connection and relationship between the police and the citizens of the town and ensure the public that the police aren't out to get them. The positive citations will also prevent crime and lessen the amount of crashes that happen by encouraging the public to continue their good behavior and drive safely. In my opinion, positive citations should be issued in every state.

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