filling playgrounds, not prisons... for more than 40 years.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) of Jacksonville
is one of the oldest citizen-building youth programs inthe nation.
It builds friendshipsbetween law enforcement officers and
children within the community and is based on the conviction
that young people - if reached early enough - can develop
strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their
journey through life toward the goal of maturityand good
citizenship. Studies have shown that if a young person
respects a police officer on the ball field, in the gym or
classroom, they will likely come to respect the laws that
police officers enforce. Our staff and volunteers also have
the opportunity to be a trusted authority figure that
assists children with finding guidance, setting goals, and
enjoying new life opportunities. PAL has embraced
traditional American values where one generation responsibly
shares its wisdom and helps kids learn to work together to
be responsible for themselves,
as well as set goals in
PAL offers year-round and seasonal sports programs, after-school education programs, and summer camps. PAL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization with the cooperative effort of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
and is committed to providing safe and structured activities to the youth of Jacksonville.
PAL employs JSO officers and a highly trained civilian staff
to oversee these programs to insure safety, competency and
order. PAL programs and facilities are available to all
youth, regardless of their race, religion or financial
In an effort to reduce juvenile crime and instill positive
values, character and leadership skills, PAL provides safe
activities for the youth of Jacksonville. Our athletic and
educational programs emphasize positive interaction with law
enforcement officers and other adult role models.
Core Values and Principals Guiding our Actions:
||Worthy of Trust
||Respect for Others