POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE - DOC
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE Recognizing the Importance of prevention efforts in reducing juvenile crime, the Division is involved in many youth initiatives, most funded by grant support. Division Youth Project Coordinator, Ginger Antrican collaborates with Friendly House, Community Action for Capable Youth, Ocie Hill Community Center, Community Area Y and United Way to name but a few. Club 36 is in its second year, and is made possible through a grant from the Richland County Foundation and Title V Grant, which is secured by CACY through the Richland County Youth and Family Council. This year, Club 36 had over 175 participants in 5 different activities including art, drama, dance, Tae Kwon-Do, and tutoring. The Police Athletic League activities are focused during the high youth delinquency periods of 3PM and 9PM. Over 230 Children between the ages of 5-17 participated in PAL Baseball Over 60 Children between the ages of 5 and 18 participated in PAL Boxing There were over 80 Friendly House basketball teams at the PAL Gym. Over 7,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17 visited the Friendly House in 2004, home of the Police Athletic League and the CP District Office. SAFETY TOWN In 2004, 55 area businesses and individuals donated over $19,400 to the Safety Town Program. This generous outpouring of community spirit enabled us to continue the tradition of a worthwhile educational experience for our pre- school children. In 2004, as in past years, three sessions of Safety Town were held from June 14 to July 23 at the Brinkerhoff Elementary building. A total of 5 classrooms, 5 teachers and 3 aides responsible for the class of 2004 and Neighborhood Youth Corp provided 6 outside staff members. Safety Town averaged of 15 children per classroom for each session. A total of 221 children attended the 68th Annual Safety Town. Of the overall total, 66 attended 1st session, 69 attended 2nd Session and 86 attended 3rd Session representing a total of 27 Mansfield area schools. Of the overall total, 113 girls and 108 boys attended this year. 167 were white children, 38 were black children, and 16 were children of other nationalities. EXPLORERS Youths between the ages of 14 and 21 who are interested in a law enforcement career join the Explorers to taught the practical as well as the tactical aspects of police work by law enforcement professionals. In 2004, the Explorers helped out with the DARE Olympics, Toy Time and Safe Kids at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The Explorers were also used for traffic and crowd control when President Bush visited Mansfield. The Explorers also helped with neighborhood watches by passing out fliers to several areas for meetings. The Explorers helped out at Miss-Ohio with setting up and running the fingerprint display at the recruitment table for the safety forces. The Explorers also parked cars at OSR for their fund raiser once again. With the two competitions as well as all the civic functions the Explorers were able to promote the group and the department to the entire city as well as the county.