Why Did The Policeman Cross the Road?

By Stevyn Colgan

Not so much police intelligence as intelligent policing

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Fake fry-ups, smart steps and kind cops - the power of politeness

I've always believed that carrots are more powerful (and tastier) than sticks. You can force kids to eat fruit or you can make fruit fun:

(That's peach yoghurt, a tinned peach half and apple batons - want to make 'banana dolphins'? Check out this earlier shedpost)

You can 'nudge' people towards behaving in a more responsible way without being aggressive or official. Like footmarks on an escalator that suggest which side you should stand on.

Incidentally, having a set of green footprints marked on the floor leading to a litter bin has been shown to reduce dropped litter by up to 35%.

Humans respond to kindness and they remember kind acts towards them as it's a pleasurable sensation; it encourages a repeat of the same behaviour that led to the reward. Which is why I love this story (see video above) about New Hampshire police officers dishing out citations for good behaviour. And free pizza!

As Bill Murray once said: 'The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.'


The book has had a terrific little jump to 72% in just a few days.

Let's keep up the momentum you lovely people!


(My thanks to Ruth Curtis - @rutitoottoots on Twitter - for the police story)

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Julie Gibbon
 Julie Gibbon says:

I absolutely love this idea. We ought to do this in the UK.
Many thanks for posting it.

posted 9th April 2015

Ruth Curtis
 Ruth Curtis says:

I love the fruity egg-and-chips.
And thank you for the name check :-)
Ruth x

posted 9th April 2015

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Julie - Great isn't it?

And thanks for the heads up Ruth! x

posted 14th April 2015

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