Police department starts ‘Coins for Kids’ program to reward good behavior

Mauston police will start rewarding children who display “inspiring and community-minded” behavior with specially made coins as part of a new program, according to a Mauston Police Department Facebook post .

The police department partnered with local lending institutions to create special department challenge coins to reward out-of-the-ordinary gestures by local children.

In the post, Chief Michael Zilisch said the idea for the program stemmed from one moment in particular.

“One day last summer a very young boy came into the Police Department with two handfuls of papers that he picked up from our Riverside Park,” Zilisch said. “The papers were all over the playground equipment and he took it upon himself to clean it up. I felt bad not being able to provide him with something more than praise and a handshake.”

Police department starts ‘Coins for Kids’ program to reward good behavior

Zilisch said he was “very impressed” by the boy’s actions. The post said the boy appeared to be no more than 6 years old.

“(T)his will allow our Officers to reward great behavior in the community promoting partnership,” Zilisch said. “For those of you who are wondering, I do remember who this young boy is and I have a coin waiting for him.”

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