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Police Activities League (PAL) Mission Statement
Through positive interactions with Police Officers, youth will become responsible, contributing members of their community.


What is PAL

palPAL is a recreation-oriented juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily upon athletics and recreational activities to create and cement the bond between police officers and youth.


History of Frederick PAL

Frederick’s PAL began in October 1999, when the Frederick Police Department formed a partnership with the local YMCA.

Police participated in the YMCA’s middle school EDGE program, where officers played a mentoring, coaching, and teaching role while establishing relationships with Frederick’s youth.

To reach out further, the Police Department also formed a partnership with the Community Action Youth Services. In March 2000, the PAL OPEN-GYM programpal began at Waverly Elementary School. Administered by an officer and a member of the city’s recreational staff, the program focused on sports, sportsmanship, appropriate behavior, and character development. The program expanded to other local elementary schools, where participants were supervised by police officers.

In November of 2003, the Frederick Police Activities League (PAL), with the support of the Carroll Creek Rotary Club, opened the first PAL Center in the city. The PAL Center incorporates athletic programs as well as peer helper groups, parenting groups, a computer learning center, homework assistance, arts and crafts activities, team building and community service learning projects, and other programs to further aid children and provide them with opportunities they otherwise might not have.

PAL Program Schedule
We invite your children to come and participate in our PAL program. Please stop by a center location to pick up an enrollment form or you can download one from the link below.

  • Sagner Center (111 Pennsylvania Avenue): Center hours are 4:00 - 7:00 PM, Tuesday - Thursday (during the school year). Activities offered: Homework assistance, reading club, computer lab, and more!
  • Hillcrest Elementary: Center hours are 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Tuesday throughout the school year, offering karate.

Enrollment Forms & Information


The GAL PALS program is designed to nurture and to help young girls of all backgrounds develop courage, confidence, and character. The vision is to help participants grow into well-adjusted, functional young women and future leaders in our community. Our hope is that all young people in Frederick will feel valued, special and capable of making every day decisions that will make the difference between surviving and thriving as they grow. GAL PALS is one way we are working toward this goal.

The GAL PALS program is for girls ages 9-12 and meets two times each month, September to June, at the Hillcrest Community Center. These meetings are conducted on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm. Each month of the program has a theme geared at teaching each participant a “life lesson.” Some of these themes are Animal Care and Welfare, Basic Home Repairs, Self-Esteem, First Aid and Etiquette and Manners. The first meeting of the month will be a meeting and a craft based on the monthly theme and the second meeting is usually a trip to a location associated with the monthly theme.