Recreation and Parks Police Athletic League (PAL)
Police Athletic League Program
Today's youth are living in a complex society which causes them to face a multitude of problems such as poor school performance, arrest, abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy, inadequate supervision, substandard living conditions, and alcohol/drug abuse. The Police Athletic League realizes that not all youth have these problems, but does offer an environment that would deter a youth from becoming involved in anti-social behavior.
The goal of the Police Athletic League is to monitor and assess the needs of youth throughout Baltimore County and provide an opportunity for these young people to interact with police officers in a positive setting that offers an outlet for educational and athletic programs.
Since 1977 the Baltimore County PAL Centers have provided a safe, constructive alternative to idle boredom. The PAL Centers are staffed by Baltimore County police officers and Recreation coordinators who, along with community volunteers, try to enhance the positive moral development of the youth through enjoyable activities.
Every Police Athletic League Center has a recreational section so that the youth can enjoy playing table tennis, billiards, video games, and other forms of entertainment. They offer tutorials and craft programs, as well as other activities designed to expand the youth's intellectual and imaginative abilities. Parents and guardians are always welcome to stay with their children to enjoy and participate in the activities.
Each center is designed to meet the needs of this unique community. They offer an array of free activities to youths between the ages 8 and 17 and attempt to develop positive attitudes towards police officers by providing Baltimore County youth with role models. Personal interactions and youth crime prevention programs help bring about behavior change.
Officers focusing on the at-risk youth will identify problems or deficiencies in youngsters' lives whether they are personal, school, or home related. The centers have trained counselors available to help assist those in need. Officers and counselors refer long term cases to the appropriate agencies.
Partnerships with other agencies and departments help the Police Athletic League achieve its goals and meet the needs of the youth.
Centers are located throughout Baltimore County.
Board of Directors
A Board consisting of men and women from the business community, non-profit, and private sector governs the Police Athletic League. The Board oversees the budget in order to maintain sufficient funds to operate the program.
Help support educational and recreational programs provided through the Baltimore County Police Athletic League!
Donations may be made by using Pay Pal, select donate button, or by mail directed to:
Baltimore County PAL
9831 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Membership and Participation
Free Membership is open to all residents of Baltimore County from 8 to 17 years of age. A registration is required and must be signed by a parent or guardian. A registration form may be obtained at your local PAL Center.
Revised February 25, 2013