Riteaid Kidcents Charity Profile

Harrisburg Police Athletic League
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PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. It is based on the conviction that young people, if they are reached early enough, can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship.

The PAL program brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of a law enforcement agency and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents. Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field, gym or classroom, the youth will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood and the business community.

The mission of the Harrisburg Police Athletic League is to provide outstanding revitalization effort especially through youth crime prevention programming and law enforcement efforts. The PAS philosophy creates relationships through: Joint participation of youth, residents, and police through positive interactions focused on educational, recreational, and athletic activities. They also incorporate drug and alcohol prevention, gang prevention, and illegal weapon possession intervention programs.

Their vision is to build trust and enhance relationships between law enforcement and residents, especially the youth, in the neighborhoods they share in order to prevent crime and improve community safety. These relationships are created through traits of honor, integrity, courtesy, and respect.

Joined March 2015
Harrisburg, PA