Column: WPPD and 7-11 encouraging children, youth to exhibit good behavior

The West Point Police Department in partnership with 7-Eleven stores is proud to participate in Operation Chill which is designed to reduce crime and enhance relations among police, 7-Eleven stores and youth. This program allows law enforcement officers to recognize youth they observe exhibiting a positive behavior or performing some good deed by presenting them with a coupon redeemable for a free small Slurpee.

Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has grown to include several hundred law enforcement agencies and more than 12.5 million coupons have already been distributed. During the 2014 season, approximately one million coupons will be issued nationally. "This program was brought to our attention by Officer Bill Schramm who now spearheads the effort," commented Chief Bobby Mawyer of the West Point Police Department. "The coupons are great for our officers who are on patrol in the community as they encourage dialogue with youth and their parents'" Mawyer added.

"I always ask young children if they wear their seatbelt," stated Officer Schramm. "The next child to come up to me and say that they do, may very well leave with a coupon for a free Slurpee," Schramm noted.

With the temperatures pushing 100 degrees, cooling off with the West Point Police Department, 7-Eleven and Operation Chill just may be a welcome ticket to a refreshing treat!