P.O. Box 350399
Jacksonville, Florida 32235
(904) 642-1647 fax
with the Chief
National PAL Mentoring Grant
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SFAPAL, Inc. was formed
in 1983 by 5 local PAL chapters, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Miami Beach, St.
Petersburg and Tampa. The Police Officers involved had a goal of
developing PAL Programs in every city and county in Florida, so youth
would have an opportunity to know Police Officers and Police Officers have
an opportunity to understand youth. By using athletic and education
based programs during after school and weekend hours, police officers
working with youth have decreased the amount of free time youth have
available for negative activities.
Today SFAPAL has 52 member cities and growing.
Police Departments and Sheriff's offices realize the importance of
prevention in today's society. More than any other profession, Law
Enforcement Officers realize it is more cost effective to prevent crime
than to incarcerate after the crime has been committed. Since the
first PAL was founded in New York City (1914) Law Enforcement Officers
have contributed millions of hours to America's youth. Florida has
led the way by being the first statewide PAL Association in the United
States. Other states, California, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts
have followed Florida's lead.