The RCMP in Hay River is recognizing good behaviour by young people.
And it won’t simply be by saying “thank you” or “well done.”
The RCMP actually will hand out tickets entitling a young person to a treat at Super A Gas Express or Ehdah Cho Store on the Hay River Reserve.
One hundred Great Job Tickets have been printed and will be handed out to young people that members of the RCMP see doing good deeds.
Cpl. Greg Morrow, commanding officer of the detachment, said the tickets are designed to reward positive behaviour and recognize youth for being good community members.
“That’s what we want to encourage,” he said.
Morrow said that could involve many things, including seeing a young person operating an ATV properly while wearing a helmet and following all the rules or riding a bike while wearing a helmet.
“There was nothing set specifically but any good behaviour whatsoever,” he said, adding that could also include things like picking up litter, carrying groceries for someone or sticking up for a friend.
“Any positive behaviour that a child or teenager is exhibiting would be applicable to the program,” the corporal said.
Once a young person gets one of the tickets, he or she can take it for a reward.
For instance, it entitles the holder to one large Slushie at the Super A convenience store.
Morrow said the idea originated with Const. Earl Hutchinson, who is usually assigned to the RCMP’s traffic services unit but had been assigned to general duty with the Hay River detachment for the past five months.
Super A and Ehdah Cho Store were approached, and became involved in the initiative.
“As soon as there are kids involved, whether it be the high schools or anything around town, or any of the schools for that matter, we are a huge supporter of that,” said John Hill, the owner and operator of Super A. “The kids are a big part of the community. And I don’t think they get recognized enough when they are doing good deeds whether it’s something as simple as picking up garbage or not throwing it on the ground.”
Hill said he grew up in Hay River riding ATVs and snowmobiles, and that it’s good to see there will be rewards for young people for abiding by the rules and regulations.
“We’re just happy to be a part of it,” he said.
Morrow said the Great Job Tickets will be handed out by all RCMP members working in Hay River whether with the detachment or traffic services.
“It’s a way for us to give back to the community in conjunction with the businesses,” he said.
Officers will probably carry a few tickets in their notebooks, he said, “and when we’re out doing whatever we’re doing and we see something, we can reward a kid for it.”
The program started on May 16 but Morrow was not aware of any Great Job Tickets being awarded as of the middle of last week.
“We just had the tickets printed off,” he said. “They’re basically little business cards.”
Morrow said the initiative will run until the tickets are gone and then the RCMP will decide if it will be renewed.
“I think it’s going to go over well,” he said. “And I think the kids will remember it.”
No specific ages have been set for who will receive the Great Job Tickets but Morrow said the target group is school-age children and teenagers.