Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: June 13, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Partner with 7-Eleven for Operation Chill This Summer

School is out for the summer and kids in Cape Coral may be actually looking forward to getting a ticket from a Police Officer. That's because the Cape Coral Police Department has partnered with 7-Eleven stores for their Operation Chill program that rewards kids with a free Slurpee ticket for good behavior.

Through Operation Chill, Cape Coral Police Officers can "ticket" kids caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee beverage coupons which can be redeemed at 7-Eleven stores for a free small Slurpee.

"Offenses" which might warrant a ticket include: helping someone else, deterring crime, participating in a positive activity in the community, or simply being active and playing outside in their neighborhoods.

Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 10 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country. Cape Coral Police Officers have 500 free Slurpee coupons to give away to the city's youth this summer.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies' community relations programs. Police use the Operation Chill program to reward youth for their good deeds as well as enhance their relations with the young people of their city.

"This program is a big hit with both law enforcement agencies and kids. Police Officers have told us they love having a positive reason to approach kids and thank them for being good citizens."-Tim Hall, 7-Eleven Asset Protection Mgr.

"The Cape Coral Police Department has participated in this program for many years. It's quite often that these positive interactions are the first time that a kid meets one of our Police Officers. This can help form a lifelong bond between kids and cops."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.