Positive Ticketing

Police forces in Canada have started handing out rewards to people who make healthy, positive choices in relation to their behaviour, decisions or actions. The scheme is called positive ticketing and it aims to reward citizens for doing good things; it also tries to encourage positive interaction between the police and the community using a less authoritative approach.

“Honey catches more flies than vinegar.” – British proverb

In this initiative, police officers may hand out positive tickets to citizens who are seen committing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behaviour such as crossing the road safely, picking up litter or even deterring the minor crimes of others. Officers may also use the tickets as icebreakers to start conversations and cement positive relations with people in their patrol areas.

The rewards on offer include free hamburgers, cinema tickets or a chance to see the local hockey team in action, all of which have been donated by local businesses.

“If you reward good behavior, your return on investment will be more good behavior. This is not rocket science; we (especially police officers) simply don’t reward and celebrate positive behavior enough.” – Ward Clapham, Breaking With the Law: The Story of Positive Tickets

7 thoughts on “Positive Ticketing

  1. positive reinforcement

    the offering of desirable effects or consequences for a behavior with the intention of increasing the chance of that behavior being repeated in the future

  2. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex

  3. Are you a secret Canadian?

    Bart: [At the airport] What’s up with the Canadian flag on your backpack?
    Lisa: Well, some people in Europe have the impression that America has made some stupid choices for the past, oh, five years. So for the next week, I’m from Canada.
    Bart: Uh, I think Dad may blow your cover.
    Homer: [Pushing through the crowd] That flag is mine! [Takes an American flag off the conveyor belt and stands on top of suitcases, waving the flag around] Don’t mess with Texas! Shock and awe, losers! Shock and awe!

    – The Simpsons (2005) Season 17, Episode 8; “The Italian Bob” [No. 364]

  4. Yup!
    We have met the enemy, and it is us.
    — Pogo ‘Possum —

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