About Us
The San Mateo Police Activities League (PAL) was developed in 1997 by a small group of police officers and members of the community. Its mission is to prevent juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime by engaging youth with police officers to help create a safer community and promote the healthy physical, social, and mental development of its youth.

PAL operates as a joint partnership between the City of San Mateo Police Department and the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department. Their strategic goal is to target and identify "at-risk" communities and youth and provide them with educational, athletic, and other recreational activities. PAL defines "at-risk" youth as any youth that are unsupervised during non-school hours.

Building the Bond Between
Cops and Kids

At little or no cost, youth can take advantage of a variety of scheduled sports, recreational activities, classes and/or field trips. Program activities include: Judo (Peak Performance Program), basketball, Junior Giants Baseball, computer lab/learning center, scuba, indoor and outdoor soccer, and rock climbing. Field trips include: deep-sea fishing, bay fishing, camping, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, snow play day, whitewater rafting and surfing.

PAL's History
Since 1997, San Mateo PAL has provided recreational, educational, and leisure activities at little or no cost to thousands of San Mateo youth. Supported by a volunteer board of directors and a staff consisting of police officers, Parks & Recreation Staff and city employees, the San Mateo Police Activities League is building a stronger and safer community through kids our most valuable asset.

Some of our activities include:

  • Backpacking
  • Basketball Leagues & Camps
  • Camping Rugby
  • Communication and Life Skills Management (C.A.L.M.)
  • Computer Lab
  • Cultural Arts
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Junior Giants Baseball
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Rock Climbing
  • ROPES Course
  • Scuba Patrol
  • Snow Play Day
  • Teen Adventures
  • Tennis
  • White Water Rafting
  • Youth Adventures
  • Youth Leadership Council


San Mateo Police Department
200 Franklin Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94403
Tel. (650) 522-7725
Fax (650) 522-7551

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