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Windsor RCMP target youth doing good deeds through Gotcha! campaign

Const. Richard Collins, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, presents nine-year-old Rayez Sampson, of Curry's Corner, with a reward for being caught doing something that benefited his neighbour.
Const. Richard Collins, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, presents nine-year-old Rayez Sampson, of Curry's Corner, with a reward for being caught doing something that benefited his neighbour. - Carole Morris-Underhill

HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — Officers with the Windsor rural RCMP detachment were on the lookout for good behaviour and positive deeds throughout the month of June.

Whenever youth aged 12 and under were spotted adhering to the law or helping others, the officers would stop and give them a small reward.

Nine-year-old Rayez Sampson, of Curry’s Corner, was one of the recipients.

The RCMP learned of Sampson’s community spirit and decided to pay him a visit while he was watering his neighbour’s plants.

“He’s just a great kid to have around; so pleasant,” said Nadean Allen, who lives next door to Sampson. “He’s always willing to help.”

Nadean Allen says she enjoys the help she receives from her next door neighbour Rayez Sampson. He was recently commended for his efforts during the RCMP's Gotcha! campaign. - Carole Morris-Underhill
Nadean Allen says she enjoys the help she receives from her next door neighbour Rayez Sampson. He was recently commended for his efforts during the RCMP's Gotcha! campaign. - Carole Morris-Underhill

Allen had nothing but praise for the young boy. She said he's often the first person to volunteer to water the garden, rake the leaves or grass clippings, or shovel the driveway in the wintertime.

Cpl. Angela Corscadden and Const. Richard Collins, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, surprised Sampson as the RCMP's Gotcha! campaign came to a close.

Corscadden said they rewarded about 50 youth from throughout Hants County during the month-long promotion. A special draw is slated to be held in early July to culminate the RCMP’s campaign.

The goal of the campaign was to help youth view police in a more positive way and to engage the community in reinforcing positive behaviours, such as proper crosswalk use and the wearing of bicycle helmets.

Corscadden said while the main campaign has wrapped up, they will still be handing out coupons for a free lemonade from Tim Hortons throughout the month July.

Rayez Sampson, of Curry's Corner, playfully challenged Const. Richard Collins, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, to an arm wrestle after the officer presented him with coupons as part of the RCMP's Gotcha! campaign. - Carole Morris-Underhill
Rayez Sampson, of Curry's Corner, playfully challenged Const. Richard Collins, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, to an arm wrestle after the officer presented him with coupons as part of the RCMP's Gotcha! campaign. - Carole Morris-Underhill

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