Idaho sheriff’s office gives out ‘turkeys or tickets’

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is spreading holiday cheer by surprising a few lucky drivers with Thanksgiving turkeys

By Suzie Ziegler

VALLEY COUNTY, Idaho — It’s now an annual tradition for one Idaho sheriff’s office. Every November since 2015, Valley County sheriff’s deputies have been surprising drivers with a Thanksgiving turkey instead of a ticket. 

It’s part of a community engagement program called “Turkeys or Tickets”, according to KTVB. More than 50 people will get a turkey – donated by local partners – instead of a ticket when they’re stopped by deputies between November 15-24. The sheriff’s office is partnering with an environmental non-profit called the Tamarack Environmental Protection Association (TEPA). 

The initiative was renamed the Jan West Memorial Turkey or Tickets program after West, who spearheaded the program, died of cancer in 2018. 

Organizers say more than 500 turkeys have been given out since the program began in 2015, according to KTVB.

Tickets for Turkeys 2018

Once again we were able to participate in the annual Tickets for Turkeys, thanks to the kindness of Doug Dvorak and all of those who make it happen. We are grateful for sharing this with everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy... p.s. turn on the volume and go ahead, put it on full screen....

Posted by Valley County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 27, 2018


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