Cops, Kids & Community
01. Promoting Academic Success
Our PAL Patrol Program works with specific classrooms to help motivate students and ensure success in school. Law enforcement officers assist teachers by visiting their classrooms to discuss different topics of interest, in hopes of creating positive connections between law enforcement and youth.
The PAL Literacy Events promote the important of reading by connecting law enforcement officers with youth in the community. PAL visits various schools in Southwest Washington throughout the year providing students with free books and the opportunity to engage with officers. Law enforcement officers also engage youth in a community safety talk and allow students to tour a patrol vehicle.
02. Providing Leadership & Mentoring Opportunities
Our PAL Prospere Mentoring Program is designed to give teens ownership in their learning, challenging them to answer the question what success looks like. Prospere mentoring groups are ran in direct partnership with local school districts including, Vancouver, Evergreen, Washougal, Camas, Battle Ground, & Ridgefield school districts. Each mentoring group hosts up to 20 youth and meet once a month for one hour September through May during the school day.
PAL works with community partners and hosts annual backpacking trips for youth in our community. This partnership allows youth to attend a multi-night backing trip with law enforcement and community partners. These trips are hosted for both male and female identifying persons. Over the multi-night trip, youth engage, build relationships, and explore the outdoors in the pacific northwest.
03. Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle
PAL Tournaments partner with school districts in Southwest Washington to engage youth in healthy active lifestyles. These tournaments teach youth the importance of good sportsmanship and how to be a team player. PAL sports tournaments are focused primarily on elementary age youth and are made available to all at free or low cost.
PAL Summer Camps provide youth with the opportunity to explore their interests and build relationships with law enforcement in their community. These camps occur in the summer months of June through August and youth are provided with free lunches each day. Summer Camps provide a variety of activities from sports to sciences.