Ladysmith RCMP introduce Positive Ticket Program

Police officers in Ladysmith will reward youth who make good choices such as wearing a bicycle helmet or choosing not to drink alcohol.

The Ladysmith RCMP is challenging the youth in our community to try to get a “ticket.”

This ticket is not the usual ticket that we all grumble about, but, instead, it’s part of a program that the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment has initiated that recognizes the good things the youth in our community are doing to resist peer pressure.

The Positive Ticket Program is a way police officers and local businesses can show their appreciation to those who are making good choices.

Const. Jo Anne Ruppenthal has delivered letters to local businesses to invite them to participate by donating coupons that a police officer gives to a local youth who demonstrates making a good choice — such as wearing a bicycle helmet or choosing not to drink alcohol when with a group that is.

That youth will then be able to go into the store that provided the coupon and pick up a “free” treat.

“There are a lot of great teenagers and children in this community that are unfortunately getting overshadowed by those who make wrong choices,” says Ruppenthal. “I am excited to be part of a program like this that reinforces those values that we all want in our children in order for them to become role models for others.”

If you would like to learn more about this program or are a business that would like to contribute to the program, contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.

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