CORNING, Calif. - "When you see a police officer, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?” Action News Now reporter Hayley Watts asked several kids in Corning this very question.
"People in trouble!" said young Elias Householder.
"They're trying to catch someone or something," said Sebastian Hannah, a young skateboarder.
This association of law enforcement with fear can be pretty common among young people, so this summer, Corning police officers are working to change all that.
They're handing out tickets - for free Slurpees.
"They have an opportunity to see us in this light, where we're approachable, we're human. They can joke with us as well," said Officer Ed Curiel.
Corning police will hand out Slurpee coupons whenever they see kids doing something positive, like following the laws or just being kind.
The 7-Eleven in town was happy to provide the incentive.
"Anything for the kids to get them in the right direction," said D.J. Janda, 7-Eleven owner.
"I think the positive reinforcement is such a good idea, especially in our small community," said Brandon Householder, a Corning dad.
"I think it's pretty cool that more people are getting noticed and getting positive things," skateboarder Hannah said.
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