Watch for VPD officers handing out "positive tickets" in Vancouver parks

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      Police officers will be giving out more tickets in Vancouver parks beginning today (February 6).

      But these citations won’t come with fines. They’re called “positive tickets” and will be handed out to encourage friendly behavior.

      “Park Board Community Youth Workers, VPD School Liaison Officers and Youth Services Officers will be handing out these positive tickets to youth to reward good behaviour,” reads a city media release. “Examples of actions earning a positive ticket are such things as being a positive role model for a friend, assisting a person in distress or creating an inclusive space by inviting youth to join in a sport.”

      The tickets are actually worth something. Each one can be used as an admissions pass to a city swimming pool, skating rink, or participating fitness centre.

      “The goal of the Positive Ticket program is to empower and recognize youth, build positive relationships, recognize contributions and to encourage greater participation at community centres,” the release adds.