The Town of Diamond Valley's Positive Action Tickets program is back.

Originally launched in 2022, the program sees peace officers keeping an eye out for good deeds and behaviour among local youth, and rewarding them with a positive ticket, which includes an ice cream coupon from Dairy Queen.

Diamond Valley bylaw officer, Amanda Redlick, says a broad range of good deeds can land kids with a positive ticket.

"It could be wearing their helmet when they're riding their bikes, it could be them helping someone carry something across the street or helping someone unload groceries from their car, just lending a helping hand, or just something as simple as being incredibly polite."

These programs are popular in many Alberta municipalities, with High River and Okotoks running their own positive ticket campaigns.

Redlick explains that the goal is to foster positive interactions with local law enforcement.

"We really hope that this helps to break down the barriers between law enforcement and the youth, and they see the interactions between themselves and law enforcement as a positive experience. It's not negative or bad every time law enforcement approaches you or wants to talk to you. Sometimes it is a really positive thing."

She says it's been a big hit in previous years.

"Personally, all of the Positive Action tickets that I have given out are always received with great big smiles and the kids are really happy. I noticed on Facebook the other day when he had posted that we were starting the program, there were comments on the post that the kids are always so excited when they receive a ticket or whenever they get to see us and show us that they're doing something really good."

With hundreds of tickets being given out since 2022, Redlick sees the program's continuation as a testament to the value of highlighting good in the community.

"The program continues because it works and it seems to have a really positive effect on the youth and even the adults who see us doing it, it seems to break down that barrier a little bit as well. We're not just big scary enforcement officers, we are out there trying to actively be a part of the community and build relationships, and this program really, really helps."