The Orange County Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) was established in 1991 as an entity of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. P.A.L. is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)(3), that is dedicated to provide athletic, recreational and educational programs for at-risk youngsters by using law enforcement officers as coaches, mentors, officials and role models to influence children to avoid crime, drugs, gangs , violence and truancy. Through grants, donations and fund raising, PAL offers quality programs at little or no cost to families who can not otherwise afford them. These programs are made available to communities identified with high crime concerns, low income households and diverse populations. Partnering with Orange County Public Schools, PAL offers before and after school programs to over nine middle schools. The Orange County PAL staff of three deputy sheriffs organizes and coordinates these programs. All PAL employees are screened and complete a background check. This includes PAL board members. The Orange County Police Athletic League is a reputable organization that can provide reliable and affordable alternatives to help prevent juvenile delinquency. “Filling playgrounds, not prisons” is not just a PAL slogan; it is a reality for the citizens of Orange County.
The Orange County Police Athletic League is a juvenile crime prevention program that provides athletic, recreation and educational activities to at-risk children. PAL uses law enforcement officers as coaches, mentors, instructors and role models to encourage youngsters to avoid crime, drugs, gangs and violence and to influence them to become healthy, productive and law-abiding citizens.