Cecil County Sheriff’s Office establishes Cecil Police Athletic/Activities League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2018
Captain Steve Brownhill (left) and Lieutenant Joe Wilson of CCSO and two students from
Gilpin Manor Elementary School discuss upcoming Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) activities.
Twenty-four students were a part of yesterday’s first official meeting
ELKTON, MD. – The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the formation of Cecil County’s first ever Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL).
PAL has a 100 plus year history of working with at risk youth throughout the United States via athletic and mentor driven activities that focus on developing America’s youth. Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies volunteer their personal time to help develop and mentor America’s youth. They follow set curriculums that focus on helping kids make wise choices and keep them on track towards completing their education and becoming productive members of society.
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to Governor Larry Hogan and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and & Prevention for providing the seed money through a grant to get this program started in Cecil County.
“I am very pleased to be a part of this statewide initiative to bring PAL and their outstanding programs to kids here in Cecil County,” said Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams. “Law enforcement officers are role models on and off duty. Giving kids from every walk of life an opportunity to interact with deputies in an informal and fun way like this will bring positive results down the road for all parties concerned.”
Sheriff Adams continued, “To get this started there was no question in my mind that we needed to partner with Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS). Over the last four years the Sheriff’s Office has strengthened our already great relationship with CCPS, working together to found our first PAL chapter was the logical next step.”
"We are excited to partner with the Cecil County Sheriff's Office on such a positive, proactive initiative," stated Dr. Jeffrey Lawson, Superintendent of Schools. "Our long-standing history with the Sheriff's Office is well known not only in our own county, but across the state; to continue to build upon that partnership with the implementation of a PAL program at Gilpin Manor will benefit our students and the community as a whole for years to come."
“Police Athletic Leagues have shown tremendous success in providing a safe place for our youth while offering strong mentorship and relationship-building opportunities with local law enforcement,” said V. Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “Aligning PAL with our Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network jurisdictions makes for a common-sense strategy to fight crime even before it happens. We applaud Cecil County and we are pleased to partner in this effort.”
“Working with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to launch DMV PAL chapters across the state of Maryland has been a dream come true,” said Cherelle Hill, Executive Director of DMV PAL. “Through the hard work and dedication of the Cecil County Sherriff’s Office and Cecil County Public Schools, the opportunities and life-changing experiences that PAL will bring to youth in Cecil County will have an everlasting impact on the community for years to come.”
The Cecil County PAL will meet every other Tuesday initially at Gilpin Manor Elementary School in Elkton. Based on interest from parents, the program will expand throughout Cecil County with a goal of having PAL meetings in schools in all parts of the county. The first official meeting was held on November 13th with 24 kids in attendance.
For more information:
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office
Point of Contact: Captain Stephen Brownhill
Cecil County Public Schools
Point of Contact: Kelly Keeton
Point of Contact: Cherelle Hill
Sergeant Michael G. Kalinsky, UAV Pilot
Community Resources Unit & Social Media Coordinator
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office