Police in Farmington, New Hampshire, decided to issue tickets for free pizza to local residents who display good behavior.
According to reports, Farmington Police Chief Jay Drury thought of the idea after noticing that local residents had gone through a lot during the challenging winter of nonstop cold and snow. In an effort to boost morale, Drury created a program that rewarded law-abiding locals with pizza slices and fries.
The idea initially came about after Drury saw a man make his away around giant snowbanks just so he could reach the crosswalk.
“Through the snow, this guy followed every rule and law, and I said to myself, he deserves a medal for this,” Drury told The Huffington Post. “It really weighed on me for a few days, and I thought, there has to be something we can do.”
Drury talked to employees at Crowley’s Variety and Grill about purchasing a dozen gift cards to give to locals who displayed good behavior, but the restaurant decided that they would donate cards to him instead of making him purchase them.
“Originally, Officer Drury was going to pay for the cards himself,” Ryan Rogers, Crowley’s owner, said. ”But we said no, we’d give them out and see how the program goes.”
Since the program started earlier this month, Rogers says locals have started paying more attention to obeying basic laws, and as a result, the city has become safer.
“People are trying to better themselves,” Rogers said. “This [program] changes their mindset.”
Despite the attention he’s received for the program, Drury is hesitant to take all the credit.
“There are way more people smarter than me,” Drury told NBC News. “I just had a lucky idea that came from the heart and it seems to have taken a life of its own.”