Re­ward­ing good be­hav­iour

Wind­sor RCMP tar­get youth do­ing good deeds through Gotcha! cam­paign

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UN­DER­HILL HANTSJOURNAL.CA Ca­role.Mor­ris-Un­der­hill@hantsjournal.ca

Of­fi­cers with the Wind­sor ru­ral RCMP de­tach­ment were on the look­out for good be­hav­iour and pos­i­tive deeds through­out the month of June.

When­ever youth aged 12 and un­der were spot­ted ad­her­ing to the law or help­ing oth­ers, the of­fi­cers would stop and give them a small re­ward.

Nine-year-old Rayez Samp­son, of Curry’s Cor­ner, was one of the re­cip­i­ents.

The RCMP learned of Samp­son’s com­mu­nity spirit and de­cided to pay him a visit while he was wa­ter­ing his neigh­bour’s plants.

“He’s just a great kid to have around; so pleas­ant,” said Nadean Allen, who lives next door to Samp­son. “He’s al­ways will­ing to help.”

Allen had noth­ing but praise for the young boy. She said he’s of­ten the first per­son to vol­un­teer to wa­ter the gar­den, rake the leaves or grass clip­pings, or shovel the drive­way in the win­ter­time.

Cpl. An­gela Corscad­den and Const. Richard Collins, of the Wind­sor ru­ral RCMP de­tach­ment, sur­prised Samp­son as the RCMP’s Gotcha! cam­paign came to a close.

Corscad­den said they re­warded about 50 youth from through­out Hants County dur­ing the month-long pro­mo­tion. A spe­cial draw is slated to be held in early July to cul­mi­nate the RCMP’s cam­paign.

The goal of the cam­paign was to help youth view po­lice in a more pos­i­tive way and to en­gage the com­mu­nity in re­in­forc­ing pos­i­tive be­hav­iours, such as proper cross­walk use and the wear­ing of bi­cy­cle hel­mets.

Corscad­den said while the main cam­paign has wrapped up, they will still be hand­ing out coupons for a free lemonade from Tim Hor­tons through­out the month July.

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