The local RCMP is ticketing local youth... for their 'positive' actions.

While making their rounds this summer, on bike patrol and foot patrol, detachment members are rewarding local kids for their good behaviour.

The positive ticket campaign started on July 20th, and already hundreds have been issued, each with a giveaway and chance to win some major prizes.

RCMP Constable Nathan Moore is among Cochrane detachment members giving out the tickets, and he estimates anywhere between 200 to 300 have been issued so far.

"Whenever we see kids doing good or being positive, we hook them up with a ticket."

Accompanying the colorful tickets are giveaways sponsored by MacKay's, McDonald's, and Dairy Queen.

With a little follow-through, the youth have a chance to win even bigger prizes.

"If they post on social media or call us, then they get entered to win some good prizes," explains Tamara Low, Victim Services client support coordinator. "The draw date is Sept. 1, so we're really excited to push this all summer and have some good interaction with youth in the community,"

The big prize is the Nintendo Switch system with games. Other prizes up for grabs include tablets and gift baskets.

Moore says some of the youth are apprehensive when first approached.

"Sometimes when we approach them, some are a little scared, but when we start talking and explaining what it is, most of them are pretty excited about receiving a little treat, and then potentially winning a Nintendo Switch is pretty awesome, too."

Cpl. Troy Savinkoff says the campaign is part of detachment's dedication to engaging with youth in the community.

He says that it's unfortunate that these types of initiatives were put on hold due to the pandemic. Now that they've eased, he says the RCMP is making it a priority.

With notes from Shilpa Downton.