Riverside Police On 'Slurpee Patrol' This 7/11

Lisa Fielding
July 11, 2019 - 12:05 pm
For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons through Operation Chill, its popular community-service program.

Riverside Police

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Each year, 7-Eleven, Inc. helps thousands of local police officers recognize the good guys, specifically the young ones.

"It's sponsored by the 7-Eleven Corporation. They print these Slurpee coupon tickets and they give them out to law enforcement agencies nationwide," said Tom Weitzel, Chief, Riverside Police Department.

For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons through Operation Chill, its popular community-service program.

"The officers are looking for kids wearing bike helmets, for kids crossing their bicycles on foot at intersections and any other good deed that they may see that the kids are doing when they're out on patrol," he said.

Weitzel said Riverside Police officers use the Slurpee coupons to enhance interactions with children in the village by rewarding them for good deeds, positive interactions.

"The officers get as much joy out of this as the kids do," he laughed.  "It is an icebreaker, a way to encourage dialogue in non-threatening, non-law enforcement situations. "

Riverside Police officers will be on the lookout all summer to positively reward and encourage good behavior and bike safety.

"I give my officers a lot of latitude. We give them a packet of the coupons and we say go out there, be positive, introduce yourself for any positive act you may see," he said.

Weitzel said it's the village's 13th year participating in "Operation Chill." This year they have about 1,500 coupons to give away.