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Foreword by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

My community, like so many others, struggled with the number of calls for youth disturbances and crime. The reactive approach to solving this problem was not working. Kids saw us as the "hunters." With that mindset, the good kids shied away from us, and the marginal kids turned it into a game of "cat and mouse" to see how much they could get away with before getting caught. So I thought, what if we flipped things around? What if we catch and reward kids for doing good things instead of focusing on only the negative things? What if we start handing out Positive Tickets instead of only violations or warnings? It totally went against the old reactive, post-incident, corrective policing model. The results of the Positive Tickets program have been remarkable.

Breaking With the Law: The Story of Positive Tickets is divided into two sections. In the first section, I share my transformational journey from being a typical cop "hunting" criminals to an officer who "hunts" for good behavior as a way to prevent crime from ever happening. My unique perspective into this type of proactive law enforcement initiative is illustrated through stories, quotes, and visuals.

In the second section, I provide practical, step-by-step instructions for launching a similar initiative in your community. Based on years of experience, I offer tips, watch-outs, and best practices to help you implement and maintain the Positive Tickets program.

The Positive Ticket phenomenon has taken off around the world with over 500,000 youth being recognized for doing things right.

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ISBN: 9780986590337
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