Decision to Close Police Athletic League Was Not Unanimous

The after school program known as the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) decided last week to close its doors for good, but it seems that decision was not unanimous.

Gulfport Police Chief, Leonard Papania, told News 25 last week, while the dedication to the youth of the community will continue, they are simply moving away from the after school business. Monday, current P.A.L. Board President, David Shoemake, told News 25 he hopes the program will continue.

Shoemake says, "We’re in kind of a limbo. We’re going to figure something out, but we do not want to close. We do not want to stop serving the children of that neighborhood in one capacity or another."

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Since Gulfport Police will no longer be sponsoring the program, activities are on hold while the P.A.L. board searches for other options.