The Minneapolis Police Activities League – PAL, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing juvenile crime and violence by giving kids a safe place to play, positive role models, and creative activities to engage in—all for free.
Our goal is to develop and nurture strong communities and relationships between police officers, children and families.
I think we need to have these relationships built on both sides and I think this is a great way to do that. And I think the girls love it. I know its really good to see officers doing community events and I think it’s really positive.
Nobody trusts the police. Especially when you come from a neighborhood like ours. They are all at risk youth; I think it’s great that the police are actually stepping up and stepping in.
I think it was pretty cool to get to know who [the police officers] really were, and to be able to hang out with them, and not just see them in their cop car.
I participated in PAL when I was in 8th grade in basketball, and for [native-american] girls, I think specifically they have disparities that are unique to being native american and female, so I think its good to get them involved in sports and teach them a healthy lifestyle and healthy ways.