Portland Spotlight

The Positive Tickets Project
The City of Portland’s Police Department and Public Health Division have partnered together on an initiative called Positive Tickets. The Positive Tickets Project is an evidence-based program that uses an environmental approach to help build positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers.

In this program, young people are given positive "tickets" for doing things right. The tickets can be redeemed for fun activities and prizes that are donated by local merchants. Positive Tickets are issued to youth for staying out of trouble or performing good deeds. The ticket is the gateway to the youth / law enforcement relationship.

This contact provides the officer an opportunity to make a connection with the child, learn about his/her life, and develop a relationship that will hopefully last years.

The City of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada experienced an amazing 41% reduction in their youth crime during the first three years of the project. Positive Tickets has been a major contributing factor.

Asset Building Framework
Positive Tickets is built within the framework called Asset Building, also known as the 40 Developmental Assets. This framework, developed by the Search Institute of Minneapolis, identifies 40 critical factors for young people's growth and development. When drawn together, the assets offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development. The assets clearly show important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, youth organizations, and others in communities play in shaping young people's lives.

The Positive Tickets Project is currently implemented in many of Portland’s Public Schools as well as in the community.

For more information or to become a Positive Tickets sponsor, please contact  Lt. Janine L. Roberts.