Police in Concord, Mass. are issuing ‘citations’ for good behavior

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Getting a ticket from Concord police isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The town’s police department says it plans to issue up to 200 ‘‘citations’’ for good behavior. That could include such things as wearing a bicycle helmet or a seat belt, yielding to pedestrians at a crosswalk or looking both ways before crossing a street.

Police Chief Joseph O’Connor says its’ a light-hearted way to connect positively with the community.

Instead of a fine or a court appearance, these citations can be redeemed for two scoops of ice cream at Reasons to be Cheerful, a local dessert cafe. The owner of the restaurant, Wade Rubinstein, agreed to donate the ice cream.