Saginaw Police officers are taking part in 7-Eleven’s “Operation Chill” program this year. This marks the 26th year of Operation Chill, 7- Eleven’s community outreach program designed to enhance relationships among stores, police and youth. Operation Chill allows law enforcement officers to award a coupon to kids they see doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior. They can use the coupon for a free small Slurpee drink at any participating 7- Eleven store.
“The Saginaw Police Department is excited to be part of this program yet again this year.
Our officers will be ‘armed’ with these coupons and will be issuing them to our youngsters this summer. The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol in the community. It’s an icebreaker, a way to encourage dialogue in a non-threatening, non-law enforcement situation,” said Police Chief Bob Ruth.
7-Eleven will be issuing about 500,000 Slurpee coupons to more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies across the country this summer. The program started in Philadelphia in 1995 and has expanded across the U.S.