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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- This summer, children here will be awarded for being good citizens by local police who will randomly hand out coupons for a free 12-ounce Slurpee from 7-Eleven.
While the program "National Chill" was debuted in 1996, this is the first year the Thousand Oaks Police Department will join the campaign, according to a report in the Thousand Oaks Acorn. To date, nearly 10 million coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country.
Officers and deputies will reward children who do something helpful, practice safety or deter crime in the community. The paper reported that the program was designed to provide opportunities for officers to interact with youngsters in a non-law enforcement situation.
Examples of deed and actions that result in a free coupon include wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, deterring crime or observing school pedestrian crossing rules.