DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS0(60718) – ODESSA POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE

ODESSA, TEXAS/JUNE 7, 2018 – THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUES IS HAVING IT’S P.A.L. SUMMER CAMPS. THE FIST SESSION STARTED JUNE 4TH AND WILL RUN THRU JUNE 29TH. THE SECOND SESSION STARTS JULY 9TH THRU AUGUST 3RD. (CPL. MICHAEL HAMILTON, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT) “WE WANT THOSE LATCH KEY KIDS. WE WANT THE ONES, WHO ARE, WHO DON’T HAVE MUCH TOO TO DO. SOMETIMES IT’S, IT’S EXPENSIVE TO DO THINGS. SOME SUMMER CAMPS ARE EXPENSIVE, BUT HERE WE GIVE A LOW-COST WAY TO GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE, GET THEM ACTIVE. JUST HAVING FUN.” EVERY SUMMER FOR OVER THE LAST 26 YEARS, THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PROVIDING A WIDE VARIETY OF SPORTING EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER CAMP KIDS. POLICE OFFICERS INSTRUCT KIDS IN TEAMWORK AND IN LEADERSHIP. THE P.A.L. SUMMER CAMP CREATES TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN POLICE OFFICER AND YOUTH. (CPL. MICHAEL HAMILTON, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT) “I LET THEM KNOW. THE PEOPLE WE ARE HERE, WE’RE FUN, WE LOVE DOING EVERYTHING, BUT IF WE HAVE TO GO TO WORK, WE GO TO WORK. SO, SOME HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR ME TO GO TO WORK,” SGT JON FOUST IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S P.A.L. PROGRAM AND HAS BEEN WITH THE PROGRAM FOR 20 YEARS AND HOPES THAT THIS PROGRAM CAN HELP KIDS STAY AWAY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. (SGT. JON FOUST, OPD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND COORDINATOR OPD PAL) “I’VE LOST COUNT, BUT I’M PRETTY SURE I’VE WORKED WITH OVER 10 THOUSAND KIDS IN THIS TOWN. AND I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM, ‘CAUSE THE ONES THAT I STARTED OFF WITH COME UP TO ME NOW, SAY, ‘WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE IN THEIR LIFE TO COME TO P.A.L. AND THEY THINK AT TIMES IT COULD OF EITHER SAVED THEM FROM GOING TO ONE DIRECTON OR ANOTHER.” THE CITY OF ODESSA PAYS FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO COME OUT AND BE A MENTOR, COACH AND INSTRUCTOR TO THE P.A.L KIDS AND THE CITY FURNISHES FLOYD GWIN PARK GYMNASIUM ALSO KNOW AS THE P.A.L. GYM FOR THE SUMMER CAMP. (SGT. JON FOUST, OPD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND COORDINATOR OPD PAL) “THE PUBLIC DOES ITS PART WITH FUNDRASING.” “THE INSURANCE FOR A PROGRAM LIKE THIS IS WHENEVER YOU’RE DEALING WITH ALL THESE CHILDREN UNBELIEABLY HIGH. SO, ANY REGISTRATION FUNDS-FEES THAT WE DO, OR FUNDRAISING HELP GO INTO THAT, HELPS GOING INTO TRAINING WITH OFFICERS, AND OVIOUSLY EQUIPMENT.” `THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE. OFFERS A 500 DOLLAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO ELEGIBLE P.A.L. PARTICIPANTS. (SGT. JON FOUST, OPD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND COORDINATOR OPD PAL) “WE HAVE ONE OUT HERE THIS YEAR. THIS GOING TO BE HER SENIOR THIS YEAR AND SHE’S COME UP ALL THE WAY THRU, I MEAN ALL THE WAY THRU FROM AGES 8 TO 18, AND SHE MAY WELL WIN THE SCHOLARSHIP NEXT YEAR.” FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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Author: Danny Barrera