Instead of tickets, Minnesota cops are giving cash this Christmas

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Police officers across the state have been exemplifying the "season of giving" by presenting citizens with cash instead of tickets.

The Red Lake Police Department is one of several authorities giving back this holiday season, revealing on its Facebook page it is giving out 200 "Christmas Cash" vouchers to Red Lake residents, allowing them to claim $100 at the station.

In a video it posted, one driver gets the impression she's been pulled over for speeding before the officer tells her the real reason.

"On behalf of the Red Lake Police Department we want to wish you a merry Christmas," the officer says.

Along with the vouchers, citizens were given information about the Red Lake Nation's involvement in the "Tiwahe Initiative" that's designed to tackle tribal problems and promote programs that help people achieve their potential while preserving Native American traditions and values.

Other authorities giving back this Christmas include the Duluth Police Department, which according to FOX 21 has also been pulling drivers over for supposed traffic infractions, only to surprise them with gift cards provided by SuperAmerica.

"I was very nervous when I was pulled over for speeding and this turned out to be such a great experience," one driver, Jen Stedt, told the TV station after getting a gift card.

"This is just our way to show another side of our police department through the generosity of others in the community and paying that forward." said Ron Tinsely, public information officer for the police department, added.

Buffalo Police Department has also been getting involved, giving out $100 and $50 cash to community members in need as part of The Bounce Back Project, which promotes "health through happiness" in Buffalo and Monticello, KARE 11 reports.

The project approached the police with the idea to hand out cash to community members – some of whom were known to be in need – with seven $100 bills and 16 $50 bills provided.

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