Preventing crime and violence among youth
What does the West Palm B e a c h Po l i c e At h l e t i c League (PAL) do?
T h e We s t P a l m B e a c h Police Athletic League is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the selfconfidence, social, physical, and emotional needs of children through sport activities. With the goal to fill playgrounds — not prisons – PAL provides opportunities for local youth to succeed through athletics, education, life skills and mentoring. Using these tools, juvenile crime and violence can be reduced in West Palm Beach. PAL serves over 400 kids, and many of these children use the PAL Center as their second home. How d o e s your agency benefit the community?
West Palm Beach PA L g i v e s local youth opportunities to i mp r o v e t h e i r p h y s i c a l wellness and athletic i sm through organized sports/fitness programs, to improve their social and leadership skills through after-school and ext racurricular pro - grams, and to increase their pride in their community with ways for them to give back and express themselves safely. PAL also fosters benefic ial relationships with law enforcement, so that youth develop respect and understanding for the role of police officers. With the PAL Center, youth have a safe environment, close to The Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach strives to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities to the youth of West Palm Beach. home, where they can form friendships, learn skills and achieve goals. What i s your a ge nc y ’s focus for the future?
T h e We s t P a l m B e a c h Police Athletic League i s always seeking new ways to engage its youth with their city. PAL offers a comprehensive wrestling program that trains children in the sport, allows them to compete in matches and ultimately showcase their skills in a regional tournament. Other popular pro grams that are being designed for growth are the football, basketball and cheer teams, where youth develop athletic abilities and compete in organized events. For older youth, PAL offers #PALTeenClub with dance parties, fashion and beaut y clubs and movies on Friday and Saturday evenings.
During the summer, PAL has a special program that incorporates experiential trips into the youth’s extracurricular activities. Leadership wants to ensure that youth have a well-rounded, traveled experience during the summer, so it offers outings such as boat rides, nature park visits and day trips. How can the community help?
To fund the programs, equipment, event registrations and transportation, in addition to food and supplies, PAL is constantly holding communit y fundraisers and welcomes sponsors and donations. The communit y c an help by sup - porting PAL’s annual golf tournament in Palm Beach, Ballroom Blitz dance fundraiser at the Kravis Center and new Clay Shoot in Palm City. Sponsors are needed for every event. Also, PAL encourages residents to volunteer, working with the youth on wrestling, football, basketball and cheer, as well as with after-school needs, such as tutoring and homework assistance. continued from 2 vard. The son of the business owner said nothing appeared to be missing. He said there was an issue with a customer the previous night, but the customer was removed by securit y and law enforcement was not called.
Trash cans were stolen from the 16800 block of West Prestwich Drive.
A tenant moved out of a residence in the 700 block of Waterway Village Court after he was informed his lease would not be renewed. When a maintenance crew member went to the apartment to inspect it the following day, he discovered cement was poured into the drain pipes of the master bathroom’s toilet, sink and tub, rendering them unusable. There was no evidence of forced entry to the unit.
A woman in the 3000 block of 30th Lane found a crack in the sliding glass door of her bedroom. It appeared the door was struck by a bullet. A deputy found two BB pellets between the screen and the door.
A license plate was stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of Walker Avenue.
Three plants were stolen from the 3500 block of Pine Needle Drive.
A woman shopping at a store in the 5100 block of Lake Worth Road momentarily forgot her purse on a produce stand. When she went to retrieve it, the purse was gone. The store manager said the surveillance cameras were not working at the time.
A woman went to a bank in the 2600 block of Canalside Drive to make a deposit and learned that her account was in the negative. She then realized that she did not have her debit card in her possession. It appeared at least five fraudulent transactions were made on the account.
The West Palm Beach Police Athletic League wrestling team for 2018. The agency offers a comprehensive wrestling program that teaches and trains children in the sport for the chance to compete in matches, and ultimately showcases their skills in a regional tournament.
Brittany Perdigon, executive director of Police Athletic League