PAL is a partnership between youth, law enforcement, and the broader community intent upon providing role models and building positive relationships using athletics and recreational & educational programming designed to encourage youth to become engaged citizens, invested in themselves and their community. It is based on the conviction that young people – if they are reached early enough – will develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers. PAL brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of a law enforcement agency. It expands public awareness about the role of a police officer. Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field, gym or classroom, the youth will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood and the larger community.