Seat Pleasant PAL (SP-PAL) Program
The Seat Pleasant Police Department is active in engaging with the community through fun and educational programs and events. Navigate the following tabs to learn more about the PAL program or view our Police Athletic League Video (MP4).
- Summer Camp & Lego Week
- Drop Everything & Read
- Elementary Staff Vs. Police Department Basketball
SP-PAL Hangout is a meeting and mentoring program for children and youth in Seat Pleasant. Activities include weekly lessons on issues youth in our community faces such as bullying, tolerance, nutrition, leadership, cyber-safety, and fitness. Students who participate in SP-PAL Hangouts also receive academic tutoring and assistance from members of the Seat Pleasant Police Department.
SP-PAL Summer Camp & Lego Week
SP-PAL Summer Camp is a multi-week program that consists of focused activities in basketball, baseball, flag football, and a one-week SMART Lego Camp. The program shares the mission and principles of SP-PAL Hangouts, which is promoting the prevention of juvenile crime and violence by building relationships among kids, cops and community though positive engagement. SP-PAL builds a bridge between our police officers and our community's youth while providing a safe alternative to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gang activity.
The Lego Week consists of youth being separating into groups and participating in competitive themed Lego builds. From there, children are taught about small city sustainability and how to construct critical buildings for their cities. These builds are judged by Seat Pleasant Police Department staff. The exercises are designed to promote teamwork, problem-solving, as well as teach how to work within regulated time constraints. There is an average of 30 children who participate in SP-PAL Summer Camp and Lego week. Each child is sent home with 5 pounds of Legos at the completion of the camp.
SP-PAL Athletics offers a wide variety of athletic opportunities for our youth.
These opportunities include, but are not limited to our youth basketball teams, which are in their 2nd season in the Prince George's County Inter-Center Youth Basketball League. SP-PAL basketball teams are free to residents ages 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12, and 13 and up. The basketball season is from November to March of each year. All games are held on Saturday Mornings at varying Prince George's County Recreation Centers. The SP-PAL Basketball teams average 25 Seat Pleasant youth each season.
SP-PAL also includes a flag football team, which is also entering its 2nd season. This team is for elementary school-aged youth in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Each team consists of 20 children and offers a study hall as well as athletic activity to ensure youth maintain a balance of athletics and academics. Flag football season is from February to May of each year. The weekly games are held in Bowie, MD. SP-PAL won the 2019 Championship, under the mentorship of Officer Melvin Brown.
SP-PAL Drop Everything & Read (DEAR)
In this daily program, which began in September 2018, Seat Pleasant Police Officers are assigned a class of elementary-aged students to read to. Officers also interact with and answer questions that the students have. This program allows us to build trust and foster positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. Seat Pleasant Police Officers spend an average of 100 hours reading to Seat Pleasant Elementary School students per school year.
Seat Pleasant Elementary Staff Vs. Seat Pleasant Police Department Basketball Games
This yearly event is a huge hit with the students of Seat Pleasant Elementary School. Each year the members of the staff at Seat Pleasant Elementary School suit up and play a game of basketball against the Seat Pleasant Police Department. Not only is the game a lot of fun, but it is an opportunity for the residents and community stakeholders to engage with the Police Department and build upon the foundation of trust we have with the community. This year the Department will use this game as a fundraiser for the SP-PAL program.
The benefits of joining these teams are age-appropriate socialization, learning to face adversity as a team, learning to deal with losing as well as how to be a gracious winner, confidence and self-esteem building, hand/eye/foot coordination, learning how to strategize, discipline, and fitness. We have a yearly retention rate of 85%. In the future, SP-PAL Athletics is hoping to expand its membership to 100 youths and add martial arts and track and field to its programming.