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)
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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)
  • rowens-cel
    10/26/2015 - 10:31 a.m.

    I think that this practice will help the overall atmosphere a great deal! It will allow police officers to connect more with citizens, and instead of being seen as figures of authority, they'll be seen as actual people that are doing their job. Also, more people will go out of their way to follow laws instead of mindlessly breaking them. In all, I think that this practice should be implemented into other towns.

  • austinw-day
    10/26/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    The article is a good thing to read after all the bad news surrounding the police. Yet people doing a simple task like ...wearing a helmet or a seatbelt..." seems too simple. Instead a police car should stop by volunteer centres and reward them, or reward people that do good deeds such as building shacks or the homeless. It would not only be an effective way to serve a community but to also reduce crime as a whole. Less crimes and bad tickets because of more good behavior tickets.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    10/27/2015 - 03:45 p.m.

    This just put my faith intact for the human race. We do not reward good behavior as a society and I believe that is why serious crimes do exist. Its such a beautiful thing those police officers are doing.

  • jordynd-day
    10/27/2015 - 04:51 p.m.

    Police could also reward people for following basic traffic laws such as yielding the right of way and following the speed limit. The police have been seen in a very negative way lately and this could bring some positivity to the police force. Plus, being recognized for good behavior could make someone's day. Doesn't everyone like positive reinforcement?

  • lyndonp-pyn
    10/28/2015 - 01:50 p.m.

    1.) Police could give good behavior tickets to people who clean up litter they see.

  • laurend-day
    10/29/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    This is definitely odd news. Everytime I see flashing lights in the rear view mirror I panic. However, I think this is a really nice gesture on behalf of the police. I think police are getting a bad reputation these days with all of the negative incidents that happen. More stories like one this should be reported to the nation to shed light on the positive things police do for people. It really is a good way for police to "connect positively with the community".

  • mattheww-day
    10/30/2015 - 02:09 p.m.

    The police can give many good tickets. They give tickets for riding a bike and going the speed limit. The police do this to make people feel better. It also brighten ups their day.

  • daniell1-lam
    11/02/2015 - 11:51 a.m.

    It is funny that police are issuing tickets for good behavior. No one likes to receive a ticket but maybe now they will want one.

  • jordann-lam
    11/02/2015 - 01:30 p.m.

    This is pretty awesome, people who actually try to be safe while driving get rewarded and the ones that are reckless get punished

  • jordann-lam
    11/02/2015 - 01:31 p.m.

    Police could take back a existing ticket from the person, if the person is starting to drive safely.

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