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Mission Statement A Better Harrisburg through Our Children
The mission of the Harrisburg PAL is to provide outstanding revitalization effort especially through youth crime prevention programming and law enforcement efforts.
PAL creates relationships through:
Joint participation of youth, residents, and police.
Positive interactions focused on educational, recreational, and athletic activities.
Incorporation of drug and alcohol prevention, gang prevention, and illegal weapon possession intervention programs.
To build trust and enhance relationships between law enforcement and residents especially the youth in the neighborhoods they share in order to prevent crime and improve community safety.
Relationships will be created through traits of honor, integrity, courtesy, and respect.
The 4 goals of the HPAL strategic plan established and supported by survey of the residents served are:
1) Build positive mentoring relationships between youth and police.
2) Build positive community policing relationships with the community.
3) Improve the public safety of the community through comprehensive evidence based crime prevention strategies.
4) Build inclusionary programming for youth with developmental disabilities to promote positiverelationships with Law Enforcement.
Since reestablishing the chapter after a 35 year absence earlier in 2012, the chapter has already served hundreds of youth in its weekly programming. Currently, police officers, volunteers, and resident mentors provide a 10 to 1 mentor/mentee ratio. Recruiting continues lower the ratio to 3 to 1, the accepted impact andbehavioral change ratio generally accepted.
Funding and other resources are needed to recruit additional staff, volunteers, mentors and increase the participation amongst at-risk youth to accomplish impacts of behavioral change measured in the logic models of the our
"PAL" strategic plan.
- Steven Guinter
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