Police programs aimed at our youth

Positive tickets, DARE, aimed at rewarding and encouraging positive behaviour

The Ladysmith RCMP isn’t just about doing reactive things like responding to 911 calls and tracking down criminals.

It’s also about being proactive as well in order to reinforce positive behaviour, particularly in how it relates to youth.

Two such programs are the DARE drug awareness program, and the Positive Ticketing Enforcement Program.

Hosted by Const. Joanne Ruppenthal, DARE is described as a 10-week training program that teaches students to “make good decisions relating to drugs, alcohol, bullying and other choices in life.”

Grade 5 students from Ladysmith Intermediate School graduated from the program on March, 11, and Grade 5 students from Ecole North Oyster followed suit on March 17.

The Ladysmith RCMP would like to give thanks to the Kinsmen Club for their support for the program. .

Ruppenthal and Const. Chris Chanin are also responsible for the ticketing program, which “rewards youth in the community for making positive, healthy and wise decisions.”

Local business and organizations including A&W, Bean Time, Carlos, Dollar store, DQ, FJCC, McDonald’s, Old Time Bakery, 7-11, Tim Horton’s and Ricky’s have stepped up to contribute to the program by offering rewards that can be given to the “ticketed” students.

To find out more about how to contribute or nominate youths for this program or the DARE program, contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.