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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE FOR STUDENTS (PALS)
PALS was designed to build positive relationships between the police and youth 6-12 years of age, with a particular emphasis on youth ages 11-12. P.A.L.S. has been a successful police-youth initiative since 1992. Using sports and recreation as a vehicle, PALS draws on our police officers to help students balance their growth and development academically, physically, socially and emotionally. PALS youth and police meet weekly after school, on school property.
All PALS students attend Six Nations schools. They grow through these formative years surrounded by family and Native culture, language and traditions. Problems arise however, when grades seven and eight students are not taught in those formative years how to communicate and problem solve. At a time when developmental pressures of adolescence peak, students from Six Nations have also to confront significant social, cultural and academic pressures, with too few avenues and culturally appropriate supports. For many, such developmental pressures are too great. Disproportionately large numbers of Native youth are finding themselves adversely involved with the criminal justice system.
In March 2012, our team of officers took 125 PALS youth to Dinner and a Movie!!
Check out our Six Nations Police Facebook page for recent PALS pictures.