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PAL Program
Police Activity League

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic and other recreational activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in our community. It is based on the conviction that young people - if they are reached early enough -- can develop strong, positive attitudes towards police officers and the law. Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field or in the gym, he or she will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to the young person, the police officer, the neighborhood, and the business community.

The Police Activities League promotes trust and understanding between young people and police officers by bringing youth under the supervision and constructive influence of dedicated law enforcement professionals. The program also enhances public awareness about the role of police officers, including the reinforcement of responsible values and attitudes taught by parents.

History of the Police Activities League

The P.A.L. started with a bang -- a rock through a window, to be more precise. A youth gang in New York City, harassing storekeepers and generally making life miserable in the neighborhood, caused the problem that pioneered the concept of the Police Athletic League.

Lieutenant Ed Flynn of the New York Police Department’s Crime Prevention Bureau liked kids. He wondered about the uselessness of always punishing them, and whether kids might be reached before they got into trouble. He sought out the gang’s ringleader. As they talked, Lieutenant Flynn listened for the reasons behind the kids’ anti-social behavior. The ringleader shouted the frustration of the ghetto, telling Lieutenant Flynn, "Man, we ain’t got no place to play, nothing to do. The cops are always hasslin’ us. We can’t even play baseball." A baseball fan himself, Lieutenant Flynn thought, "Why not help these kids form a team? Give them a place to play under police supervision. Be a friend instead of an enemy."

He talked it over with fellow officers and neighborhood storekeepers. Each chipped in a dollar for equipment and uniforms. Lieutenant Flynn then found a playground where the gang could play under the watchful eye of friendly police officers. The team was an instant success. Before the year ended, there were close to a dozen such teams throughout New York City. That was the birth of the P.A.L.

The P.A.L. has since broadened its scope to include arts and crafts, dance, music, drama, social services, vocational guidance, remedial reading, and field trips, indeed virtually any healthy activity that young people might enjoy.

For more information about the Police Activity League in your neighborhood, call the number corresponding to your community below. If you don’t know which community your neighborhood is in, go to the Community Map page.

P.A.L. Objectives

The long-term objective of the program is to divert the young away from gangs and criminal activity by providing them with activities that are under the care and supervision of trained police officers, recreation staff, parents and community volunteers. Other objectives include:
  • Providing youth with an opportunity to grow under the sustained guidance of dedicated adults
  • Instilling a respect and understanding for Law Enforcement Officers and for the laws they uphold
  • Assisting Area youth in developing self-esteem and provide them with the skills to help them stay in school
  • Organizing a sports-oriented program of interest to both young people and the families
  • Involving police, parents, and community volunteers in a personal commitment of time and energy to help the youth of the community

There is a mandatory fee of $20.00 dollars per player, per sport season, which must be paid prior to the commencement of the particular sport. The fee alone does not guarantee membership and the following requirements must be adhered to:
  1. Each participant must be between 10-13 years of age, effective the beginning of each sport season.
  2. Each participant must maintain a "C " average in all schoolwork.
  3. Participants must be in good physical health.
  4. Participants must demonstrate a willingness to participate in the P.A.L. program.
  5. Participants must demonstrate proper conduct by showing respect to all youths and adults associated with the P.A.L. program.
  6. Absolutely no cursing or fighting will be tolerated.
  7. Proper attire is a must. No gang attire or jewelry will be permitted.

The 77th Street Area P.A.L. program receives funding from membership dues and selected area businesses. The program appreciates financial support from anyone interested in contributing, whether it is a business, religious organization, or a community member. The P.A.L. program is a non-profit organization with all funds received going back into the program in the form of:
  1. An awards banquet for each sport, complete with trophies
  2. Uniforms for each participant in each sport (they remain the property of the P.A.L. program)
  3. Referees are provided for each sport
  4. Insurance for the youths in the event of an injury sustained while participating
  5. Refreshments served during events
School Involvement

Our goal is to have all of the schools in the 77th Street Area included in the program. At the present time, we have ten (10) Elementary Schools and three (3) Junior High Schools active in the program. We have approximately 130 young people currently participating, along with Police Officers, recreational staff, youth services employees, and community members. The P.A.L. program provides youth with the opportunity to participate in three different sports: basketball, football, and softball. The following schools are currently active in the P.A.L. program:

  • Loren Miller Elementary
  • 52nd Street Elementary
  • 75th Street Elementary
  • Angeles Mesa Elementary
  • 61st Street Elementary
  • 59th Street Elementary
  • 74th Street Elementary
  • Western Avenue Elementary
  • LaSalle Avenue Elementary
  • John Muir Junior High
  • Horace Mann Junior High
  • Audobon Junior High

For any additional information regarding the P.A.L program, please contact Officer Greg Cottrell, 77th Street P.A.L. Director, at 213-485-4285. Click here for information on other LAPD Youth Programs.


Central P.A.L.
Officer Al Calderon

Rampart P.A.L.
Officer Larry Covington

Southwest P.A.L.
Officer Gary Beecher

Hollenbeck P.A.L.
Hollenbeck Police Activities League
Officer Glenda Brooks

Harbor P.A.L.

Hollywood P.A.L.
Officer Mia Grebinski

Wilshire P.A.L.

West Los Angeles P.A.L.
Officer Nathan Ewart

Van Nuys P.A.L.

West Valley P.A.L.

Northeast P.A.L.

77th Street P.A.L.
Officer Antonio Ramirez

Newton Street P.A.L.

Pacific P.A.L.
Officer Wayne Goodman

North Hollywood P.A.L.

Foothill P.A.L.

Devonshire P.A.L.
Officer Elizabeth Sandoval

Southeast P.A.L.

Youth Programs Unit (YPU)
Sergeant Kelly Benitez
Officer Marlo Lopez del Haro
213-978-0635 (fax)