NEWS RELEASE #: 17-139 - JUNE 15, 2017
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office joined Operation Chill™ again this year, the popular community service program sponsored by 7-Eleven stores.
This summer, deputies, public service aides and various agency personnel will "ticket" youngsters who are caught in random acts of kindness, good deeds or positive community activities with free Slurpee coupons. Appropriate "offenses" might include being helpful, wearing a helmet while riding a bike or holding the door open for a stranger.
"Our deputies love interacting with children in non-law enforcement situations," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "We welcome any opportunity to promote positive relationships and reinforce trust between law enforcement and the community we serve."
Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 19 million coupons have been distributed to law enforcement members in neighborhoods where 7-Eleven does business.