Recognizing the importance of prevention efforts in reducing juvenile crime, the Mansfield Division of Police is involved in many youth initiatives, mostly funded by grant support. The Division Youth Project Coordinator collaborates with Friendly House, Community Action for Capable Youth, Ocie Hill Community Center, County Area Y and United Way just to name a few.
The Police Athletic League activities are focused during the high youth delinquency periods of 3:00pm to 9:00pm.
Approximately 2500 youth participated in PAL activities and
programs including PAL baseball, basketball, boxing, and football. These
programs also included A.C.E., Leadership Club, Golden Age Club, PAL
Shutterbugs, Club 36, and M.A.C Club. The PAL study centers and computer labs
are equipped with educational software, homework assistance, and reading skill
programs. The Division was awarded a PAL Youth Leadership Grant which was
attended regularly by 10 students who did various community services around the
area including, litter pick-up, gardening, senior citizen visits, and food
collection. A grant was also completed and turned in for new computers for the
PAL study center.