Pre­vent­ing crime and violence among youth

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Western Palm Beach County - - Front Page - Con­tributed Com­piled by Sy O’Neill from area law en­force­ment records.

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.

THEFT

Trash cans were stolen from the 16800 block of West Prest­wich Drive.

CRIM­I­NAL MIS­CHIEF

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.

THEFT

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.

FRAUD

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.

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

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...

Brit­tany Perdigon, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Po­lice Ath­letic League

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