WINDSOR, N.S. — Youth from across the county, plus a few visitors from Kings, were rewarded for good behaviour throughout June and July.
RCMP officers from the Windsor area issued Gotcha! tickets whenever they spotted children adhering to laws or helping others.
“Any opportunity to have engagement between police and our youth in a positive way is a formula for success,” said Cpl. Angela Corscadden, a shift supervisor at the Windsor Rural RCMP Detachment.
The corporal said children from Windsor, West Hants and a few from Gaspereau were spotted by officers being polite, wearing seatbelts or helmets, helping neighbours and crossing the street properly.
Those caught doing good deeds in June not only received coupons from local businesses, they were also entered into a grand prize draw. She said between 60 and 70 youth under the age of 12 received Gotcha! ballots. The children who were ‘nabbed’ in July for good behaviour weren’t entered into the contest, but they still received coupons.
When the ballots were drawn at the conclusion of the campaign, five children were selected. Three children — Tianna Rhodenizer, Madison MacPhee and Dawson Hiltz — were recognized for wearing a helmet while biking; Karver Brown was spotted wearing his helmet while scootering; and Eric Osmond was stopped for displaying “superb crosswalk safety.”
Corscadden said having police interact with children in a positive manner helps the youth feel more at ease. This, she says, will help them should they ever need to call 911.
“Partly, it goes towards safety. If there's something that's going on at home or something that's bothering them at school, if they have a positive view of authority or police, then they are more likely to report and that means that they're more likely to get the help that they need sooner or the support that they need sooner,” she said.
Corscadden wanted to thank the children who have been “displaying positive community behaviour” as well as the businesses who donated gifts for the campaign.
While it’s not an annual event, Corscadden said police would be interested in doing something similar again.