Mayor Patrick J. McManus


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program:

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a crime prevention strategy to offer young people athletic and educational alternatives to delinquent or criminal acts. The PAL program uses police officers to act as participants and supervisors in organized activities to promote good relationships, and role models.

2. When was the program created and why?

There is no current program in the City of Akron. At this time, Officer Willa Keith is researching and working on getting the program running.


3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

The effectiveness of the program would be measured through setting clear objectives and periodically checking to see if they have been met.

4. How is the program financed?

There are grants available from the Ohio Association of Police Athletic Leagues for starting a PAL program. This prevention program can also be included under other community grants. There is also a need to find outside funding from the city or private sources.

5. How is the community involved, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

When the program gets started we will count heavily on community involvement. The City of Akron is fortunate to have a well organized Parks and Recreation Bureau, which works with both the YMCA/YWCA and there is also a good CYO program in place. We will hopefully work closely with some of these programs.

6. Contact Person:

Officer Willa Keith, C.O.P.S. Unit, Akron Police Department, (330) 375-2568.

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