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Operation Heat to ticket Waterloo youths caught in the act of doing good

The Canadian Press / Francis Vachon/File

Waterloo Regional Police have launched Operation Heat throughout the area once again.

The program sees police give tickets to youths who are spotted by officers doing good deeds.

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The “tickets” are actually a coupon for a free hot chocolate, redeemable at any Mac’s Convenience/Circle K stores.

“We are excited to once again take part in a program that encourages youth to make positive decisions and, as a result, better our community,” Waterloo police chief Bryan Larkin said in a statement.

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“This is a chance to not only reinforce good behavior, but to build positive relationships between our youth and our officers.”

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Officers will be on the lookout for kids picking up trash or helping someone cross the street, or even riding a bike with a helmet.