PAL fosters a culture of trust and respect between the community and the Boston Police Department through programs that promote character development, improve educational outcomes, and reduce crime.
The Boston Police Department is a national leader in community policing, a widely accepted philosophy whereby the police and the community work together to solve problems of crime, disorder and safety issues and to improve the quality of life for everyone in that community. A crucial element of the BPD’s community policing strategy is connecting with the members of the communities they serve – primarily the city’s at-risk youth -- through educational, social, cultural and athletic activities. This engagement is designed to promote an environment of mutual trust and respect, with the ultimate goal of creating a safe environment that affords all citizenry the opportunity to flourish.
PAL-funded programs have supported the City of Boston’s community policing efforts since 1986.
PAL makes it possible...
“Our programs operate throughout all Boston neighborhoods. Thousands of children and young people benefit each year from PAL resources. From youth/ police dialogues to basketball games, from the Junior Police Academy to flashlight walks, from book clubs to boxing lessons – Boston youth are interacting with police every day. PAL makes this possible”. - Commissioner William Gross
PAL supports a broad array of programs and activities that create the opportunity for every demographic of our communities to interact with BPD officers in a positive and constructive manner. PAL currently supports over 40 programs, as well as various activities and events citywide. Examples of three of PAL’s signature programs include: