CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Charleston police have joined a national organization as part of its efforts to strengthen community relations among the youth of the city and prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.
The police department announced in a news release it has joined with the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League (National PAL) to establish a local PAL chapter.
Police said the program is open to all children ages 5-18 years old throughout the city and activities will take place during non-school hours.
The Charleston, W.Va., PAL will work with established nonprofits, form collaborative relationships with the community organizations and also implement mentoring programs in the city.
The official kickoff event will be held Oct. 6 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Charleston Police Cpl. Eddie Whitehead has been appointed as the director of the Charleston, W.Va., PAL. Whitehead has been an officer with the Charleston Police Department for nine years, previously working in the Uniformed Patrol Division and as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division.