About P.B.C. PAL
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office proudly supports and staffs the efforts of the Palm Beach County Police Athletic League (PAL). The PAL Program encompasses all of the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and partners with many of the municipalities.
Palm Beach County PAL is a registered National PAL program made up of a Board of Directors, Executive Director, Sheriff’s Deputies, Police Officers and the backbone of the organization, it’s volunteers. Volunteer with PAL
Palm Beach County PAL is a 501(c)(3)-Charitable Organization, (Federal Tax Identification Number: 65- 0461384) and is registered with Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Solicitation of Contributions Section. Palm Beach County PAL is partially funded by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and relies heavily upon grants, donations, special events and fund-raisers to obtain the funds necessary to conduct the activities needed to keep the children busy with organized activities and enrichment. Sponsorship opportunities are available, Sponsor or Donate to PAL.
What Is PAL?
The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a youth enrichment program that relies on educational and recreational activities to cement a bond and create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.
More Than a Program
The Police Athletic League program is based on the conviction that young people; if they are reached early enough; can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship.
The PAL program brings youth under the supervision and constructive influence of law enforcement and expands public awareness about the role of a law enforcement in their communities. Part of that role is the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents. Studies have shown that is a young person respects a police 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.
The relationship between sport and juvenile delinquency has been the subject of much discussion. Throughout the twentieth century, physical educators, educational sociologist, educational psychologist and penologists have contended that sports can serve as an effective and powerful antidote to delinquency. The idea that sport serves as a deterrent to delinquency was first espoused in the English public schools during the nineteenth century. Sport was used as a substitute for stealing, bullying and drinking that dominated the leisure hours of the English students..
As one of the most integral and venerated components of the education system, youth sports programs have contributed significantly to the reduction of delinquency. The considerable financial and administrative support that teachers, parents and coaches give to youth sports is generated in part by the conviction that athletic participation instills certain desirable educational, social, and personal values that prevents the occurrence of delinquency. PAL is a most effective tool in this effort.
Board of Directors
Palm Beach County PAL Board of Directors is made-up of volunteer civilians from the five different districts that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office serves.
The board consist of an Executive Committee: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary and Members from Palm Beach County.