New York City Police Department

Community Affairs | Youth Services Section

The Community Affairs Bureau's Youth Services Section aims to reduce youth violence, prevent drug use, promote child safety, and improve relationships between police and young people, with a special emphasis on youth most at risk. This mission is accomplished through the development and administration of a number of innovative programs including:
Cricket and Soccer Leagues





The NYPD Community Affairs Bureau administers a citywide cricket and soccer leagues for teenagers age 14 to 19. Both the NYPD Twenty20 Cricket Cup and NYPD United soccer league are extensions of the Department’s New Immigrant Outreach Unit whose officers serve multiple ethnic groups including the Arab and South Asian communities. Contact: 646-610-5323


Law Enforcement Explorers

Law Enforcement Explorers is a program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about law enforcement. A uniformed member of the service in each precinct, Police Service Area and Transit District acts as the on-site Post Advisor for the Explorer Program. The program focuses on six areas: career, service, leadership, social, fitness and outdoors. The Explorers Program encourages young people to pursue a law enforcement career. Each year over 3000 young people register to become NYPD Explorers. 

Contact: 718-834-8855 
Link: Law Enforcement Explorers 

One Day/Session Presentations

Based on need or request, the Department conducts one day/session presentations that can be tailored to demand.  These presentations include:

  • Bullying
  • Child Safety/Child Identification Programs
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Employment Interview Preparation
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Gang Awareness
  • Internet Safety
  • Parental workshops that focus on awareness, prevention tips and helpful resources
  • Prescription Drug Abuse amongst teens
  • Rights and Responsibilities when interacting with the Police Workshops
  • Understanding “Snitching” and police/youth relations
  • Youth Assistance Program (trips to Sing Sing Correctional Facility)
  • Youth Forums (Youth Law)

Police Athletic League (P.A.L.)

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City. The New York City Police Department and PAL Inc. work in partnership to provide communities with needed summer and after school recreational and educational activities for their kids.

Link:  NYC PAL 

Contact: 212-477-9450 Extension 351

Police-Youth Dialogue

The Police-Youth Dialogue is a workshop in city high schools that offers high school students an opportunity for positive interaction and dialogue with NYPD officers.

Contact: 718-834-8855


Summer Youth Police Academy

The Youth Police Academy is a six-week summer program for youth ages 10 to 16 that operates throughout the five boroughs. Students attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays, and demonstrations by police personnel on topics in law, social science, drug prevention and gang resistance.

Link: Summer Youth Police Academy

Contact: 718-834-8855

Youth Mentorship Programs

  • Citywide Youth Forums that address youth violence and police /youth relations.
  • Health and Wellness Workshops – 10 week program
  • Cops and Teens Click Together Computer classes