Calgary, AB,

Recognizing youth through positive recognition campaign

The Calgary Police Service is partnering with Circle K convenience stores for a ‘do-good’ initiative aimed at rewarding youth for positively contributing to their community.

Through Operation Freeze, frontline officers will have the ability to recognize youth observed doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting helpful behaviour.

Youth will be rewarded with a coupon for a complimentary ice-cold Froster beverage, redeemable at Circle K stores across Alberta.

Starting today, Tuesday, August 2, 2022, CPS officers will begin rewarding youth for demonstrating good behaviour including:

  • Wearing a bike helmet
  • Looking both ways before entering an intersection on foot, blading, biking, or skating
  • Being kind to others and helping out (holding the door for someone, picking up garbage)
  • Always locking up bikes, garages, cars and homes

“We have participated in this program for several years and are always excited at the chance to connect with youth in our communities and encourage positive interactions with our officers,” says Detective Andrew Critchley of the Calgary Police Service.

“We will be handing out coupons for cold Froster beverages to youth who show leadership, follow safety rules, and help out in their neighbourhood,” he adds.

Circle K’s recognition program, began in Ontario, and was launched in Calgary in 2016.

“Operation Freeze delivers a positive message to youth and helps build community engagement with our stores, our customers and police officers in our communities,” says Sherry Coey, Circle K’s Safety & Security Senior Manager of Western Canada.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank Circle K for their involvement and participation in this campaign. It is important partnerships like these that allow us to engage with and celebrate community members.