Police to give ice cream to kids with good safety habits

July 7, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are giving free ice cream to children who wear bicycle helmets and cross the street safely.

The Woonsocket Police Department says it’s starting a new campaign to promote safety and create opportunities for positive interactions between officers and kids.

Officers on patrol will look for kids with good safety habits and give them a “ticket.” The ticket can be used for an ice cream cone at participating restaurants.

The department says a staffer suggested it after learning about a similar program in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where officers gave kids tickets for pizza for wearing bicycle helmets.

Woonsocket calls it “I Scream for Safety.” It runs until Sept. 1.

The department partnered with the Woonsocket Rotary Club and the restaurants, Cool Corner Creamery, Aroma Cafe and Sunrise Pizza.

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