SAVANNAH, GA. (April 5, 2017): Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s 2017 Police Activities League (PAL) Youth Summer Camp.

The camp is free and is for children ages 8-14 of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The initiative is designed to provide youth with alternatives to risky or criminal behavior during the summer. All Chatham County children meeting the age requirement are invited to attend.

There will be two one-week camps for boys and two one-week camps for girls:

June 12-16 – Boys
June 19-23—Girls
July 10-14—Boys
July 17-21—Girls

The camps will take place at Savannah State University’s Police Headquarters. Each camp will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., camp participants may be dropped off at SSU Police Headquarters, at 3219 College Street, in the Hubert C Building. Lunch also will be provided at no cost to families.

Campers will learn skills in character building, goal setting, decision making, crime reporting, web safety, self-defense and much more. Learning strategies will include guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. Youth also will be exposed to many aspects of college life with support of Savannah State University.

Applications are available at all SCMPD precincts, police headquarters and online at The application deadline is May 1.

Applications can be completed and turned in at any SCMPD precinct or headquarters before the deadline. Information sessions will be scheduled throughout the county. Times and locations will be posted on our website:

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Juvenile Officers Unit launched the camp in 2014 under the direction of Major Richard Zapal to develop rapport between youth and the law enforcement community early in life.