Header photo showcases our Wilson PD PAL Christmas Express event – December 2017.
The Wilson Police Department’s mission, in part, is to positively touch and help to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. Community policing allows us to make this happen and works when a positive relationship is formed between the citizens and the Police and issues are resolved. We achieve this in several ways including coordinating programs and activities in and for the community-at-large and our continuous involvement with worthwhile causes. The Wilson Police Department’s Police Athletic/Activities League hosts a variety of over 32 youth-related sports camps, youth-based activities and youth-based enrichment programs in our community. All of these programs we offer provide not only specific sporting skills, but also allows our officers, coaches, and employees to mentor and offer life skills essential to a youth’s survival during these current times. Over the last year The Wilson PD PAL programs have served approximately 800 local youth. We believe that this positive contact has not only built long lasting relationships with officers and the youth, we believe we can show it has played a significant role in a reduction of our crime rate.
What is PAL?
PAL is a partnership between youth, police and the community that builds positive relationships through recreational, athletic, and educational programs designed to encourage good citizenship.
History of PAL
The national Police Athletic League began over seventy years ago and is on organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. The purpose is to build character, help strengthen police-community relations and keep children off illegal drugs. Most PAL programs now call themselves “Police Activities Leagues” because many of the programs are now focused on youth enrichment, education and youth leadership programs, and not just sports.
According to local Police Athletic Leagues, the program generally solicits funds, equipment, and volunteer help from members of the community, so that the cost to taxpayers is small while the returns are great. Participants in the League’s activities are much less likely to engage in crime, far more likely to praise the character of the police force, and discourage their friends from either committing crimes or covering up criminal activity.
PAL programs usually have a competitive component. Although the vast majority of the League’s contests are with other youths in the same city, there are regularly scheduled national contests between teams in different parts of the country. For many of the young people who participate, it is their first chance to travel to where the contests are held.
PAL provides participation in many sports. These include soccer, basketball, football, and many other sports throughout the United States. The National Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc. is based in Jupiter, Florida.
Wilson Police Department Police Athletic/Activities League Board of Directors
Chief Thomas Hopkins
Sergeant Reggie Smith
(Ret. Senior Police Officer) J. Bryant Gibson
Major Craig Smith
Sergeant Licia Batchelor
Major W. Scott Biddle
Parliamentarian/Sergeant At Arms
Captain Eric Smith
Senior Finance Director
Captain Jeff Boykin
Senior Police Officer Daniel Johnson
Wilson PD PAL Coordinator