Chief’s Message - August 1, 2019
As we welcome in another school year, the Lauderhill Police Department continues to roll out new activities that promote safety and awareness for our youth. There are approximately 72,961 residents in Lauderhill including 16,760 youth ages 18 or younger who attend one of the City’s 10 elementary, middle, and high schools.
To help improve the quality of life and reduce crime, especially among our youth, the Lauderhill Police Department is continuously increasing programs that empower young people to make positive choices. In addition to Safety Town Program, a traffic safety and danger awareness program, we are proud to announce the launching of the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Boxing Program. During my last message, I mentioned the many fears and anxieties children might have about returning to a new school year. This type of program will help young people build self-confidence and perseverance. Boxing, as with other sports, supports discipline and self-control due to it teaching young people how to manage anger and aggression - many times resulting from the life challenges that affect them. The sport of boxing also helps promote a healthy lifestyle and even helps youngsters with their critical thinking skills. As a result, many young people have earned college scholarships, participated in the Olympics, or have been given other educational opportunities after being able to boost their self-esteem through the sport of boxing.
The program is set to begin during this school year for children 8 to 17 years of age including both males and females. Practice will be Mondays through Thursdays between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Those who qualify under the guidelines of U.S.A. Boxing will be taught by licensed professionals and will have the opportunity to travel to compete in sanctioned tournaments in various cities in the US. Lauderhill PD can attest to success with this program in years past. Tony “Bang” Williams, a participant in one of Lauderhill Police Department’s previous PAL boxing programs successfully went on to become the ring-side World Amateur Champion and is currently the American Boxing Association Champion.
Please visit our page to apply and to learn more about other crime prevention programs that we offer to promote citizen security, especially among Lauderhill’s youth.
Image above: Boxing Gym