Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in partnership with MAGLITE, will present a Hero Award to the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department for its extraordinary commitment to community engagement through its Prince George’s County Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is a juvenile crime prevention program that uses mentoring, educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between law enforcement and youth.
The award ceremony will take place on Monday, June 17 at 10 am inside the National Law Enforcement Museum.
“We believe these programs serve to help kids avoid negative activities, “ said Memorial Fund Interim CEO Lori Sharpe Day. “Programs like these also help strengthen the relationship between officers and the communities they serve by facilitating positive interaction between youth and law enforcement officers.”
PAL assists our youth in developing character, integrity and leadership skills, as well as respect for themselves and others. The program also builds a bridge between our police officers and our community’s youth, helping to provide a safe alternative to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gang activity.
“The Prince George’s County Police Department is extremely dedicated to our youth, and to providing resources and building blocks they need for success,” says Prince George’s County (MD) Police Chief Hank Stawinski. “We are very honored to be recognized for our commitment to helping these young people succeed.”
PAL recently dedicated a basketball court at police headquarters for youth. The basketball court was a collaboration between the Prince George’s County Police Department, its PAL program and Nancy Lieberman’s Dream Court.
|Who:||Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department’s PAL Program|
|What:||National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in partnership with MAGLITE® present a Hero Award to Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department for its commitment to the community.|
|When:||Monday, June 17 at 10 am|
|Where:||National Law Enforcement Museum
444 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Media is invited to attend. To RSVP, please contact Robyn Small at 202-737-8524 or Jennifer Donelan at 240-695-7489.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 21,910 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has opened the new National Law Enforcement Museum, which tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through the Museum’s educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. For more information, visit LawMemorial.org.