Spokane Police Department is committed to continual quality engagement with the community at every level of our department. One sergeant and two officers are assigned to the Community Outreach Unit. These officers employ long-term strategies at a deeper level of community engagement and outreach, helping to maintain our relationships with partner organizations. The members of the SPD Community Outreach Unit engage in ongoing conversations with community leaders across a wide spectrum of interests and attend a multitude of meetings and events. If you would like to request Spokane Police Officers at your event, please contact SPDCommunityOutreach@spokanepolice.org.
The Police Activities League (PAL) is an outreach program created in 2013 to help build trusting relationships between at-risk youth and local law enforcement. Each summer, the PAL program offers fun, structured activities for youth, with opportunities to make friends and memories at their local parks. PAL engages youth with positive academic and athletic programs, such as flag football, basketball, running, soccer, swimming, and baseball. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment activities and lunch are provided at every session. Throughout the season, youth participants focus on five core values: honesty, integrity, leadership, sportsmanship and respect. PAL program takes a holistic approach to crime prevention, focusing on reducing drug and gang involvement, as well as making positive decisions. PAL is a collaborative program of Spokane Police Department, Spokane Parks Department, Spokane Public Schools, and many other organizations working together to supply a myriad of resources in a central location.
The Youth & Police Initiative (YPI) is a prevention program for at-risk high school and middle school youth, designed to meet them where they are and help them prepare for their future. YPI curriculum involves an honest discussion about peer pressure and positive decision-making relating to school, gangs, and drugs. Police officers lead the YPI program, building trust and rapport with students through dialogue, role-play and sharing perspectives. As teens and officers share life experiences, goals and dreams, communication increases and stereotypes decrease. The genuine sharing experience promotes sustainable relationships between police and youth.
The YPI program's target population are teens who are determined to be “at-risk” by school counselors, school leadership, and resource officers. YPI sessions are held at local Spokane schools, Excelsior Wellness Center, and Crosswalk Youth Shelter. The YPI program has a strong track record, boasting five years of success. More than 600 youth and 150 Spokane Police officers have participated in the 50-plus sessions in our community.
For more information, please contact SPDCommunityOutreach@spokanepolice.org.
Sgt. Mike Schneider,