The Mesquite Police Department will take part in 7-Eleven's "Operation Chill" this year. The long-running program is designed to reduce crime by helping police officers to make positive connections with kids.
Officers will be visiting schools and neighborhoods looking for kids performing good deeds or helping the community. Those kids will get a coupon good for one free Slurpee.
"With all the stress and strain going on in the world today, these Slurpees are one small gesture we can do to tell these kids they are important, and that we care about them," said Mesquite Police Chief Charles Cato. "Community policing and building trust are some of the pillars for 21st century policing."
Officers will specifically be looking for kids who are performing good deeds, positive activities or random acts of kindness. This is the 25th anniversary of 7-11's "Operation Chill". The company has distributed more than 23-million Slurpee coupons to police departments across the country.