“Officers host the week-long camps with help from the Fire Department and community volunteers. They work with as many as 30 kids a week to demonstrate positive choices, all while having a little summer fun. When the summer ends, the involvement of these camp counselors and officers does not end. They follow up with the campers’ schools and check in with the students to see if there has been a positive impact as evidenced by school attendance, grades and behavior.” (Chief Will Johnson)
PAL Camp is a program of the department’s School Resource Officers and consists of a week-long day camp for at-risk teenage boys and girls. Four PAL Camps are held each summer with 30 youth attending each camp. The goals of the camp are to establish long-lasting mentoring relationships between law enforcement officers and youth and to encourage positive choices as the teens mature and promote to high school. PAL Camp is provided free of charge to the youth who participate. Each student is provided transportation to and from camp, lunch, snacks, and refreshments each day.
Each week-long PAL Camp costs $3,000-5,000 depending on the activities chosen and availability of funds.
Teens Call It “The Rec”
The Arlington Community Calls It Success!
Before a church opened its recreation center last fall, teenagers with no place to hang out after school met up with friends in nearby parking lots. It was an unsafe environment, recalls North District Crime Prevention Officer Kimberly Fretwell who was noticing more police report calls involving students. She said safety was a number one concern. The North Davis Church of Christ, located within walking distance of the high school campus, had a solution.
According to Deputy Police Chief Leland Strickland, “The Rec” has been a successful community partnership and big plans are being made for the new school year. More good news–An analysis of police service calls in this area between September 2012 and April 2013 shows a 58 percent drop in report calls involving youth when compared to the same time period of the previous year.