Fredericksburg, Va., police officer Joe Young is giving those guilty of minor crimes like littering and trespassing the choice of a court summons or trash cleanup.
Young views his strategy as a win-win situation because people get a chance to clean up their act and the Rappahannock River and its surrounding areas, which are often filled with trash and tagged with graffiti, get cleaned up in a timely manner.
The Virginian-Pilot has more details:
Fredericksburg police officer Joe Young offers those committing minor infractions on the banks of the Rappahannock River two options: a garbage bag or a court summons.
On a typical day, Young stumbles upon several people committing minor crimes such as littering, trespassing and using alcohol or drugs.
When Young confronts violators and pulls out a 13-gallon white trash bag instead of a ticket, he is usually met with surprise. He recalled one young man who filled three trash bags with litter, and then asked how to pay his fine.