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The Police Athletic League -  PAL Fishing Club

Make a difference in a young person's life by supporting youth programs from FISH HUNTER CHARTERS of Atlantic Beach, Florida. Lieutenant Steve Mullen of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a licensed Coast Guard captain and charter fisherman, saw the need to teach the city’s underserved children the sport of fishing. He created the PAL (Police Athletic League) Fishing Club and it has been wildly successful.
 

A Comprehensive Fishing Program

The children are taught a specific lesson plan over four days, including water safety, equipment use, and bait and fish identification. They also experience practical exercises, such as knot tying and casting. The class celebrates completion with a fishing excursion and then fishes once a week after that until the end of the school year.

About PAL

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville is built on the idea that a young person who respects police officers is much more likely to respect the laws they enforce. The concept began with sports programs, but today we do much more. After-school care, academic assistance, mentoring relationships, and leadership development programs are just some of the many opportunities that PAL provides for more than 2,600 at-risk Jacksonville children every year.

Proven Success

Statistics show that the hours from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on school days are prime time for youth to commit crimes and experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sex. Combine that with the fact that across the United States 15.1 million children take care of themselves after school and you have a formula for high juvenile crime—a formula that plays out in community after community, including Jacksonville.
For more than 40 years, PAL has been helping to break the cycle by providing a safe place for underserved children to go after school. Engaging at-risk youth during these critically important hours contributes to a significant reduction in juvenile crime.

Our Mission

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs. Nearly 9 out of 10 police chiefs nationwide say that expanding after-school programs is one of the most effective ways to reduce juvenile crime.