ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – The Abbotsford Police Department has its own naughty list this holiday season. But instead of a lump of coal, police will be sending Christmas cards to the people on this list.

The card is being sent to dozens of people who are “known to police” (to paraphrase the popular euphemism).

“We know the holidays are a time of reflection for some individuals and we hope it’s a time of reflection for some people in our community that historically have committed crimes,” explains Constable Ian MacDonald.

The image on the card is of Police Chief Bob Rich dressed as Santa in tactical gear. It includes a telephone number for recipients who are interested in changing their lives.

MacDonald says they’re trying something new while staying true to the spirit of the holidays.    
“We’ll see how it’s received… I think obviously the public will weigh in on this, and the media certainly will. But I think the real barometer for the success of this initiative will be the number of calls we get to the help line.”

The text on the card reads:

“We believe it is never too late to make a better choice for your life. For the sake of your family & for your own sake, consider 2013 the year you choose a new & better life. Make your New Year’s resolution now!  We’re here to help.”