NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - In the coming months, North Charleston police officers will be issuing tickets to youth... for good behavior.
The goal with the pilot program is to encourage positive behavior and develop a good relationship between law enforcement and youth in North Charleston.
Youth will get tickets if they're seen doing things like picking up trash, wearing helmets while riding bicycles and other positive acts.
A release from the North Charleston Police Department says the tickets can be exchanged as vouchers to be used at local restaurants and waterparks.
"Building relationships of trust with the youth we serve continues to be a priority." says North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers. "There are a lot of young people doing the right thing and positive ticketing is a way for us to say thank you."
The tickets will be issued in the following areas: Chicora/Cherokee, Union Heights and Accabee neighborhoods.
NCPD is partnering with a local non-profit organization Metanoia to kick-start the effort.
The campaign will be kicked off at 1:00 p.m. on July 15 at Mary Ford Elementary.
A press conference to answer questions about the initiative will be held Monday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. at North Charleston City Hall.