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Youth Outreach Program


The New Bern Police Department participates in and encourages youth sports as a way to promote team-building, regular physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle. Our Police Athletic League (PAL) teams include basketball, lacrosse, softball and baseball. 

PAL Summer Basketball ProgramSoftball

The PAL AAU Basketball Team consist of 12 players, ages 13 under that plays in basketball events year round. The PAL Basketball Team will play at various venues to include Stanley White Recreation Center and cities in the local region, dates and times to be determined.  The team will be competing against AAU teams, other PAL teams in nearby cities and in the New Bern Recreation Summer Basketball League.  The goal of the PAL Basketball Program is to focus on academics via mentorship and structured activities.

PAL Lacrosse Program

The NBPD PAL Team will play in the East Carolina Youth Lacrosse League (ECYLL) which is the governing organization for six different youth lacrosse associations in eastern North Carolina.  Founded in the spring of 2004 by Mr. Fred McFarlin and Dr. Art Klose, the mission of ECYLL is to bring organizations together as an effective means to grow the game of lacrosse.  ECYLL is an active member of the North Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse and continues to introduce young boys, from ages U 9, to the game of lacrosse every year.  The Team will consist of 24 players and start practice/play in the NBPD Lacrosse season.

PAL Baseball Program

The NBPD Baseball Program will consist of 15 players ages 11 under, and will play in the Babe Ruth/Church Little League. Players will learn to build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, these participants will experience their first post-season tournament competition in this level. 

How do I register for a sport in the Police Athletic League?

You can register by coming to the New Bern Police Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or you can click the link below and return the registration form to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George St., New Bern, NC 28560.

         Baseball Registration                 Basketball Registration               Ladies Softball Registration

What is Project Positive Focus?

Project Positive Focus (PPF) was implemented in May 2005, when a group of community leaders, parents, citizens and members of the department met regarding “gang-related activities.” Officers walked away from that meeting with the thought of providing a structured program for teens ages 13-18. Teens meet once a month year round and participate in numerous prevention and educational programs including:


ECU Football Games, ECU Basketball, Bowling, trips to Kings Dominion, Adopt-A-Highway projects, Leadership Development courses, SAT Prep/Study Skills classes, College Tours, Budgeting lessons, Bingo Night, Computer Skills (Basics) classes, Interview Skills teaching, Peer Pressure & Bullying Programs, Social Needs assessment, a Team Building Obstacle Course and social outings are just some of the programs and events included in Project Positive Focus. 

You can register by visiting the New Bern Police Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or you can complete the Project Positive Focus Registration Form and return it to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George St., New Bern, NC 28560.  Registration forms are accepted year round.  If you have questions, please contact the New Bern Police Department at (252)672-4100. 

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