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    Police Activities League (PAL)

    How long has this league been in existence and where did it begin?

    The Police Activities League (also known as the Police Athletic League) has been around New Haven since the early 1970s. At the onset of the program, Housing Authority police officers conducted the program in housing properties.

    What happened when the Housing Authority police officers merged into the New Haven Police Department?

    When the merge happened, the PAL program was also imported.

    What does the PAL program provide?

    The PAL program provides educational and athletic programs for children throughout the city, as well as sponsoring different activities. PAL responds to the needs of youth in many neighborhoods, through after school, weekend and special summer events.

    What kinds of events and activities does PAL sponsor and participate in?

    It has sponsored American Legion baseball teams, basketball leagues, judo classes, a street hockey league, a chess club, track and field clinics, girl’s volleyball, flag football, and karate instruction. Special events include essay contests, Young Eagles Day with a local pilot’s association, an Olympic style statewide track and field competition and many others.

    Who supports and organizes PAL and its events?

    PAL is supported by volunteer coaches.

    Other Information:

    In order to serve a greater need of youth programming in the community, PAL joined with Boys and Girls Club of New Haven. Police officers are assigned to a satellite office at the club and have an evening PAL program, made possible because of grant funding.
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