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Members of the Los Angeles Police Department are teaming up with celebrities to help raise money to support the LAPD Hollenbeck Station Police Activities League (PAL). A department spokesperson said they are hopeful to raise approximately a quarter million dollars which will help the PAL continue to serve underprivileged youth.
The LAPD blog notes a secondary component of the fundraising campaign is to help shine a light on the problem of juvenile delinquency. It is hoped that by making people aware that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds can be tempted, coming up with solution as to how to combat delinquency and underachieving can be formulated.
A number of celebrities have filmed descriptive videos to help raise awareness. Those celebrities include Read more »
The Southeast Division of the LAPD has started a new chapter of the PAL program to keep kids out of gangs. It is said that there are more gangs within 10 square miles than anywhere else west of the Mississippi. The Southeast chapter became official in March of 2010, but it took nine more months for them to achieve recognition as part of the PAL organization and as a non-profit organization.
The PAL program or Police Activities League offers mentoring to children who are exposed to violence on a daily basis, as well as sponsoring field trips and sports teams.
Police Officer Scott Burkett said, “The kids [in our division] have a lot of challenges, so it’s hard for them to go outside and play. There’s so many negative influences, that a lot of their parents don’t want them to go outside. They are afraid to go outside, to be drafted into a gang or become an accidental victim.” Officer Burkett is one of the officers in charge of overseeing the program.
The activity league offers things to children that the schools can’t, since budget cuts are impacting them so. They also offer the supervision from adults that some parents and schools can’t offer right now. However, according to officers in the program, the kids don’t trust the cops at first.
Burkett said, “Trust is a huge issue. They don’t trust cops so they didn’t trust us at first, but by working with the kids over time you see a change in how they come to open up and trust us, which is great to see.” The officers to agree, that when showing up for a PAL event, it’s much better to show up in jeans and a police jacket instead of the full uniform with a gun and handcuffs in tow.
For the kids who attend College Ready Academy High School, they’re able to Read more »