Police are cracking down on Port Alberni teens by singling them out and ticketing them for good behaviour.
Port Alberni RCMP kicked off Police Appreciation Community Thanks (PACT) on Monday.
The special program rewards youngsters for behaviour that exhibits qualities such as leadership, kindness, integrity, and good citizenship, an RCMP news release noted.
Police will be handing out tickets that will contain awards instead of fines.
The awards will be in the form of free admission to a selection of sporting activities such as swimming, ice skating and rollerblading. Local police teamed up with Port Alberni Parks and Recreation to offer the awards.
“The most important aspects of this program, however, is the positive police to youth contact and the information contained on the rear of the card,” RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan noted.
The youth will have in their hands a wallet-sized reference card that outlines most of the key youth resources in the community that they can access to receive any assistance needed to help them address any issues they may be experiencing, and/or the information they need to help them make good, solid decisions about their well being.
The program was adopted from others in B.C., RCMP Inspector Mac Richards said.
Local RCMP have been in talks with Parks and Recreation officials for some months about the project, Richards said.