On August 2, 2018, Sam Tasby Middle School looked like every other school across the metroplex. There where maintenance trucks and workers preparing the school building for the upcoming school year. However, upon entering the gym area you could hear the constant thumping of basketballs on the hard wood. On this hot August evening it just so happened that The Dallas Police Activities League (PAL) was holding its last night of the 2018 Midnight Basketball. The night was to end with the awarding of trophies and a feast of freshly fired chicken fingers and french fries. Oh, lets not forget a nice cake with midnight basketball 2018 written in cake frosting. It was quite obvious all of the kids who participated were happy eating cake with their trophies sitting on the table by that delicious looking cake.
Midnight Basketball may have come to and end this night for the summer of 2018 but Dallas PAL will continue to have activities throughout the school. If you would like more information please visit http://www.dallaspolice.net or the Dallas PAL Facebook page. In the meanwhile, lets enjoy the upcoming fall season and school year and start dreaming of the upcoming 2019 midnight basketball season.
After a successful launch last year, in which 1,000 youth and 200 adults from across the city participated in an open dialogue with police officers, the Dallas Police Department will host its second annual Let’s Talk Police and Youth Forum. The event will take place on August 11, 2016, at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas’ Arts District.
The Dallas Police Department will partner with various organizations, including but not limited to, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, City of Dallas Parks & Rec, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Faith Based Organizations. The department will engage young people 10-15 years old in a discussion promoting positive interactions between the community and law enforcement. Multiple speakers from law enforcement, professional sports and entertainment will contribute to the discussion. Breakout sessions will also be held at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
“It’s critical that we build trust with our young people, and Let’s Talk is helping us to do that,” said Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown about the department’s Let’s Talk program. “We want to start a conversation at the Winspear on August 11, 2016, that we can continue throughout the year.”
The Dallas Morning News has signed on as a presenting sponsor of Let’s Talk. This is their second year serving as a presenting sponsor.
Safer Dallas and Rotary Club of Dallas presented $5,000 to Chief Brown at the Safer Dallas Steering Committee Meeting. “The Rotary Club of Dallas and Safer Dallas are 100% behind Chief Brown and his commitment to community engagement,” said John Forest of the Rotary Club. “There is no more important segment of our community than our young people who need to know and trust our city’s great police officers.” Mr. Forest hopes the donation from Rotary Club of Dallas and Safer Dallas will encourage others to participate. “We urge every organization and company in Dallas to join us as a Sponsor,” said Forest. Sponsors also includes All Star Project, Dallas Mavericks, JPMorgan Chase & Company, UNT Dallas, Dallas Police Youth Outreach Unit, McDonald’s, and Downtown Dallas Inc. Wolfgang Puck, Dallas Wings, and AT&T.
Over the weekend several of our Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxers competed in the 12th Annual Premier Boxing Tournament in Ft. Worth, Texas. Many of the PAL boxers had a great turn out and brought home a trophy, but one of our fighters really showed off his skills.
Nine year old Jay Shaw Wallace, also known as Jay Hawk, stepped into the ring and defended his title. The undefeated champ won his match in the 2nd round by TKO (technical knockout). “He didn’t just win the fight, he dominated.” stated Coach Danny Espinosa. It is said that Jay Hawk has great talent and that he has placed himself on a different level than his opponents. His trainers along with the fight commentators see Jay Hawk as a future Olympian.
We are proud of all our Dallas PAL boxers and Officers. Our boxers are great kids with impeccable skills, and the PAL officers are great role models. Their success starts now.
PAL is a recreational oriented youth crime prevention program that emphasizes athletics, arts, academic and other recreational activities with the intention to encourage youth to stay away from negative lifestyle choices such as gangs, drugs, and criminal activities by offering positive, healthy experiences with law enforcement. We are building relationships.
Dallas PAL has partnered with The Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service, Government, Law and Law Enforcement at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Dallas PAL initiated a Law Enforcement Mentoring program in which police officers interact weekly with students who are interested in pursuing careers in Criminal Justice.
On February 19th and 20th, students participated in the Skills USA District 6 Competition. More than 100 students attended and over 75 students competed in events such as Crime Scene, Felony Traffic Stops, Building Search, Individual Traffic Stop, Penal Code Quiz Bowl, and Law Enforcement Presentation Board.
The training and competitions these student go through help promote self-discipline, public speaking skills, teamwork, and how to be a good leader. Dallas PAL has over 45 students who will be moving on to compete in the Skills USA State Competition which will be held in late March in Corpus Christi.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year, the Dallas Police Athletic/Activities League presented The Truth about Teen Dating Violence, an informative workshop discussing the issues and concerns of teen dating violence and abuse.
The free workshop was held at Conrad High School on February 20, 2016. It consisted of several classroom sessions concerning topics related to teen dating violence such as: respecting your relationship, understanding and coping with rejection, crisis management and resources, anger management and recognizing signs and behavior of abusive relationships.
The sessions were for middle school and high school students (boys and girls) from across the city. The workshop also provided an informative classroom session for the parents that highlighted positive communication, teen dating violence resources, and recognizing signs and behavior of abusive relationships.
There were several guest speakers such as Judge Cheryl Williams, Motivational Speaker Angela Clay, Lady Jade from 104.5 FM, and Anger Management Dr. Carl Robinson amongst others.
The Dallas Police Department is very grateful to the Conrad High School for allowing the Police Athletic League to use their facility.
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, Dallas PAL and Dallas Explorers attended the Zonta Club of Dallas Amelia Earhart Luncheon at Arlington Hall in Lee Park. This event is for ladies only and is all about empowering young women through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The PAL boxers, scholars and Explorers enjoyed a three course formal meal in the beautiful main ballroom surrounded by very successful women from our own city. The guest speaker was an Amelia Earhart Fellow who is a graduate student at University of California, Berkley. The girls learned about scholarships and fellowships. Our young ladies left this fabulous event with the understanding that they have many options and have many people who believe in them. Three of our own girls won table prizes!
Thank you to the Zonta Club of Dallas for including Dallas PAL and Dallas Explorers in the 2016 Amelia Earhart luncheon.
For more information on Dallas PAL and Explorers, please visit their Facebook pages at the links below.