Police Athletic League

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PAL lacrosse players on parade

The Police Athletic League (PAL; Police Activities League) is an organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. The purpose is to build character, help strengthen police-community relations, and keep children off illegal drugs.

Most PAL programs now call themselves "Police Activities Leagues" because many of the programs are now focused on youth enrichment, educational and youth leadership programs and not just sports. Some organizations are also called Sheriff Activities Leagues "SAL" because their sponsoring agency is a Sheriff's Department.

According to local Police Athletic Leagues, the program generally solicits funds, equipment, and volunteer help from members of the community, so that the cost to taxpayers is small while the returns are great. Participants in the League's activities are supposedly much less likely to engage in crime, far more likely to praise the character of the police force, and discourage their friends from either committing crimes or covering up criminal activity.

Police Athletic League programs usually have a competitive component. Although the vast majority of the League's contests are with other youths in the same city, there are regularly scheduled national contests between teams in different parts of the country. For many of the young people who participate, it is their first chance to travel to where the contests are held.

The Police Athletic League provides participation in many sports. These include Soccer, Basketball, Football, and many other sports throughout the U.S.

The National Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc. is based in Jupiter, Florida.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "National Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc". Retrieved 24 January 2010.

External links

  • "National Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  • "Support for Police Athletic League Urged By Valentine as Curb on Delinquency". The New York Times. November 30, 1944. p. 15. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  • "Mayor Makes Plea for Financial Support Of the Police Athletic League Campaign". The New York Times. April 16, 1946. p. 39. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  • "Police Athletic League installs officers". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: Google News Archive. January 25, 1988. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  • "Fort Myers PAL wins award". Cape Coral Daily Breeze. Cape Coral, Florida. January 19, 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
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