City of Greenville, NC

 

Police Athletic League

 

 

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PAL Volunteer Application - If you would like to volunteer for PAL please print, sign and return this application to Megan Howard by postal mail, email mail or bring it by the Police Department. The National Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc. exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters.  

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. 

As the success of the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. A little over 60 years ago, six Chapters on the eastern seaboard joined together to form an association to share ideas and resources and compete in several sports.  Today, there are over 400 PAL Member Chapters in law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, serving more than two million youth, ages 5 to 18.

 

The Greenville PAL currently offers 6 programs designed to reach the youth ages 5-13. 

 

 

PAL Summer Camp

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Information for PAL Summer Camp 2014 will be provided in the Spring.

 

One of the programs offered is the PAL summer camp in which we reach about 110 at risk youth.  The PAL summer camp is the first program that PAL offered to the citizens of Greenville in 2007.  The PAL summer camp runs for 8 weeks.

There are two PAL sites that the camps are based out of and they are South Greenville Recreation Center and Eppes Recreation Center.

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There is a PAL police officer to insure that there is always an officer at the site while the PAL programs are going on.  During the summer camp the participants get the chance to go to the pool, go skating, go out for ice cream, have police presentations, play games, and travel in and outside of Greenville for fun and exciting trips all while interacting with Greenville police officers.

 

 

PAL After School Program

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The Greenville PAL after school program runs 2:30pm-6:30pm every day that school is in. The after school program was started in 2007.  This program operates at the same two sites as the summer camp (Eppes & South Greenville Recreation Center). This program serves approximately 110 kids who are placed into groups based on grade level. 

During the after school program the participants receive a snack while working on homework, reading, having computer time, working on arts and crafts project and having recreation time. Click here for a PAL Afterschool Application.

 

 

PAL Police A-Kid-Emy

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The Police A-Kid-Emy program is designed to be a miniature Police Academy for youth ages 5-13.  This is a week long program that runs the week of Pitt County Schools Spring Break.  During this week the youth get to learn about many of the different roles the police department plays in their community. They also go on educational trips to destinations such as Tryon Place, The Imagination Station, Children s Museum, etc. 

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During the week the youth get to interact with police officers who come and help out with the program. On average there are about 5 police officers each day interacting with the youth. This PAL program is offered to all of the PAL after school participants but only takes 50 youth based on first come.  This program is held every year at Eppes Recreation Center on 5th and Nash Street. 

 

 

PAL Sports

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The fourth PAL program that was started is the PAL Barons baseball team.  PAL started out by sponsoring a t-ball team for youth ages 5-8 in the Jackie Robinson league in the spring of 2008.  In the spring of 2009 PAL decided to move up in ages and sponsor a baseball team for youth ages 9-12.  This baseball team has 13 players and is coached by three officers and the PAL coordinator. 


PAL also sponsors 4 football teams in the Junior Developmental Football League. The 4 football teams are broken down by ages and serve at risk youth ages 5-13.  All four teams combined serve about 110 youth.  Every team has at least one assistant coach who is a police officer.

 

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PAL 100 Cops / 100 Kids

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During the Fall of 2008, ECU offered PAL 100 football tickets and this is how we started our 100 Cops 100 Kids program.  This program is offered to all youth who are involved in PAL.  Since that first football game PAL has taken its participants to to various sporting events throughout the area.  On average events serve approximately 60 kids, 20 Greenville Police Department and PAL employees. 

 

 

PAL Dances

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PAL dances are open to any youth ages 8-15.  The PAL dance is held at our two sites and has on average about 160 youth come out.  The dances are held about once a month and serve as a fundraiser for our PAL programs.  There is a charge at the door and there are also refreshments and snacks that the youth can buy.  PAL dances are staffed by PAL officers and staff members. 

 

 

If you have any questions about a PAL program please call Megan Howard at 252-329-4384, email at mbhoward@greenvillenc.gov, or write to: 


Attn: Megan Howard

PAL Program
Greenville Police Department
PO Box 7207
Greenville, NC 27835

 

 

 


Last Modified: 1/2/2014
 
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