Prince George’s County, MD – On June 17, the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, received the National Law Enforcement Hero Award from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and MAGLITE®.
The Department was honored for its extraordinary commitment to community engagement through its police athletic programs that serve “at risk” youth.
The Prince George’s County Police Athletic League (PAL) is a juvenile crime prevention program that uses mentoring, educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between law enforcement and youth. This program promotes a healthy environment for the youth of Prince George’s County under the supervision of law enforcement professionals. PAL assists our youth in developing character, integrity and leadership skills, as well as respect for themselves and others. PAL builds a bridge between our police officers and our community’s youth, helping to provide a safe alternative to drugs, alcohol and tobacco and gang activity. Learn more: https://www.pgcpal.org
“We believe these programs serve to help kids avoid negative activities,” said Memorial Fund Interim CEO Lori Sharpe Day. “Programs like these also help strengthen the relationship between officers and the communities they service by facilitating positive interaction between youth and law enforcement officers.”
The National Law Enforcement Hero program is a joint effort between MAGLITE® and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The program periodically honors single officers, groups or whole departments for an extraordinary commitment to upholding excellence in law enforcement activities.
“Our commitment to law enforcement is deeply ingrained in our culture and history at Maglite and we’ll never waiver from it,” said Anthony Maglica, Founder and CEO of Mag Instrument Inc. “This is why we are committed to supporting this program and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. I am very happy to honor these true heroes with this award and a donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in their name which will be displayed at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C.”
The event honoring the department took place on Monday, June 17 at 10 am at the National Law Enforcement Museum.