NEW ORLEANS – The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (PAL) kicked off their annual training and conference in the City of New Orleans this week at the Marriott Hotel.
NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson welcomed 250 PAL chapters from across the country this morning and presented a letter of recognition on behalf of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City to the national organization for their more than 70 years of service to kids, cops, and communities. National PAL exists to aid in preventing juvenile crime by providing service, recreational, and educational opportunities through local PAL chapters.
NOPD relaunched its PAL program in September 2019 and has held several events for local children including a sports camp with the New Orleans Pelicans and a basketball tournament called “Hoopin’ with NOPD”.
During this week’s conference, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a town hall discussion about reimaging policing and the role of community engagement as well as several different break-out sessions on various subjects including mentoring, grant writing and abuse prevention.
“This is an opportunity for us as law enforcement professionals to engage with our youth. But, also share ideas with each other to be better public servants to the communities in which we serve,” Superintendent Ferguson said.
The 76th Annual National PAL Conference runs through August 21st. For more information, visit the National PAL website at https://www.nationalpal.org.