According to the National PAL organization, studies have shown that if a young person engages and interacts with a law enforcement 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.
DPAL coordinates several athletic leagues through Durham Public Schools including soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. Participating schools have volunteers who serve as coaches, team managers, score keepers, and/or time keepers. Volunteers also consist of Durham Police Department Officers and non-sworn employees, parents, and community members. These volunteers attend weekly practices and games during the respective seasons.
In addition, DPAL supports a baseball team and golf clinics through local community athletic associations and businesses.
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League, Inc. exists to aid in the prevention of juvenile crime and violence by providing mentorship, civic/service, athletic, recreational, enrichment and educational opportunities and resources. For more information about the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League, visit http://www.nationalpal.org/.