Police & the Community


Operation Freeze

Operation Freeze
July 12th, 2016 - Police & the Community

School may be out for the summer, but kids will still have the opportunity to learn that “doing the right thing” is also the “cool thing to do”.

Operation Freeze is a Barrie Police Service youth summer initiative developed in partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores, which recognizes positive behaviour with a very, very cool treat.

Building on the recent success experienced through the Mac’s StreetArt Mural initiative, officers from Barrie Police Service will be engaging local youths once again, now utilizing the “positive ticketing of young people” who are observed doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behavior. The ticket is actually a coupon valid for a free 710 ml Froster beverage at all participating Mac’s stores across Ontario.

In addition to recognizing good behaviour by youth, Operation Freeze 2016 offers opportunities for police to interact with youth in a positive manner. In support of the Barrie Police Service Positive Ticketing Program, officers will use the coupons to recognize youth for wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, deterring crime or observing school crossing rules – some officers may use the coupons as literal “icebreakers” to establish a rapport with kids in their patrol area. The intention is to ensure that the “Positive Tickets” legitimately reinforce the positive behaviour exhibited by a youth, by offering something of value.

Though the reasons for being positive “ticketed” may vary, the end result of this youth positive ticketing initiative is the same for every youngster: a positive police - community experience and a free ice cold Froster beverage! 

The Barrie Police Service is proud to be participating in this positive and effective program that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour. Partnering with local business and engaging our youth enhances community mobilization and engagement and contributes to a strong community. Operation Freeze is a positive initiative for our officers and our youth.

Mac’s strives to be a leader in crime prevention” said Sean Sportun - Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s in Central Canada. “We are very excited about Operation Freeze and the positive message it delivers.

To learn more about Mac’s Convenience Stores Crime Prevention initiatives visit www.MacsCrimeBusters.com