Beaverton PAL originally operated as an extension of Westside PAL, which formed in 1997. In June 2006, Westside PAL merged with Portland PAL until the Portland program closed in 2013. The Beaverton Police Chief at the time, Geoffrey Spalding, recognized the value of the program and rallied community support, including city council members and mayor Denny Doyle, to continue the Beaverton program. Beaverton PAL is a safe and affordable youth program aimed at building relationships between kids, cops, and the larger community through recreational and enrichment programs. Studies have shown correlation between a youth respecting law enforcement officers on the ball field, gym, or classroom and the youth then respecting the laws the officers are bound to enforce. This benefits the community as a whole.