In 1981, the Oakland Police Officers Association, the Oakland Police Department and community leaders worked together to form the Oakland Police Activities League, also known as Oakland PAL. The founding officers recognized their dual responsibility to prevent crimes as well as to enforce the law. Since our founding, Oakland PAL has been "getting to kids before they get into trouble."
To offer educational and recreational programs that provide a common platform for positive interaction between Oakland's youth and Police Officers, thereby fostering a mutual bond of respect, understanding, and trust; To guide youth toward responsible, mature, and informed citizenship; To encourage the principles of good will, friendship, and sportsmanship.
Oakland PAL is a non-profit, public benefit corporation with exempt status in accordance with Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Tax deductible donations can be made payable to:
P.O. Box 6788
Oakland, CA 94603
Oakland PAL has decades of direct experience managing youth programs. During those years, PAL has continued to grow in response to community needs and to involve itself in collaborative efforts with other youth-serving agencies in order to maximize our effectiveness.
The Oakland PAL Board of Directors serve without pay and PAL programs are supervised by Oakland Police Officers and community members who volunteer their time.
The PAL programs reach more than 7,000 youth annually and all programs are free of charge. Simply put, for a child to join, all a parent has to do is sign the child up.
The Oakland Police Activities League is totally dependent upon donations to carry out its programs and insure its success.