SFPAL 8th Cadet Academy Graduation! To see more photos Click Here!
On June 30th, Chief Scott and his Command Staff swore in the SFPAL’s 8th Cadet Academy Class of 2017. Illian Medrano; son of SFPAL’s own Sabine Medrano, beautifully played the National Anthem on his flute during the opening ceremonies. Chief Scott acknowledged former PAL Cadet Diana Contreras for her successes who recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Lieutenant Contreras is an inspiration to us all. Sgt. Gerald Newbeck, Lieutenant Contreras’ former PAL mentor, was present to support her today as he has for many years.
Police Commissioner Julius Turman gave the opening remarks to the graduating class and welcomed them into the SFPD Family. Assistant Chief Chaplin presented the Academic Achievement Award to Cadet Jason Chan. D.C. Redmond presented the Physical Fitness Awards to Cadets Damon Wu and Mireya Reyes. D.C. Perea presented the Annual Captain Raymond White Scholarship award to Cadet Sergeant Hunter Padilla. Chief Scott presided over the SFPAL Oath of Office and the “Not on my Watch” Oath to the graduating Cadets.
This graduation was an especially proud moment for several of our SFPD members (both retired and active) as their own sons and daughters graduated from the PAL Cadet Academy as they had years prior. Cmdr. Daniel Perea pinned the star on his son; Michael Perea. Lt. Robert Yick pinned his stepson; Ethan Keeling. And Ofc. Leslie Tom (Ret.) pinned his daughter; Kristen Tom.
Twenty new PAL Cadets graduated from SFPAL’s Cadet Academy and now have joined the SFPD’s extended family. Congratulations and good luck!
To see a video of the 8th SFPAL Cadet Academy Class in action: Click Here!
SF PAL Seahawks Tiny Mites Players with Ofc. Michael Costello
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 SF PAL Seahawks Tiny Mites faced off against their rivals from Monterey, California (Marina). The Marina team brought heavy hitters which were matched by the Seahawks; who had their game faces on even prior to the weigh-ins. Coaches from both teams did a great job putting the young players in a position to make great plays. The crowd; led by the Seahawks Cheer Squad, exploded when the Seahawks scored a 40 yard touchdown early on in the game. All in all, it was a great team effort on both sides and a fun day for team SF PAL. Click on the above photo to view photos from the game.
2016 PAL Canned Food Drive Benefiting St. Anthony’s Foundation
The San Francisco Police Activities League – SF PAL Cadet Program – held it’s 1st annual Canned Food Drive benefiting St. Anthony’s Foundation; an organization dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The 2016 SF PAL Canned Food Drive was a tremendous success due to a collaborative effort with Costco SF, San Francisco Police Credit Union, and the San Francisco Police Department. We collected over 2000 canned and packaged goods for donation. We all pitched in to lend a helping hand to members of our own community. A special thanks goes out to Captain Greg Yee of the SFPD Regional Training Facility, Captain John Sanford of Park Station, Captain Teresa Ewins of Tenderloin Station, Wendy Shipley of the San Francisco Police Credit Union, Donny Perez of Costco SF, and to Lydia Bransten of St. Anthony’s Foundation for helping to organize this event.
2016 Scholar Award
Aaron & Matthew Jimenez
On June 9, 2016 Aaron & Matthew Jimenez; better know as double trouble, of SF PAL’s Judo Program were recognized by Sensei Bill Wong for academic excellence. Not only do the Jimenez brothers excel in judo, but they also excel in academics. Both achieving straight A’s in school. Congratulations to both of you. You are an example to your fellow classmates. Continue to develop your mind, body, and soul. We are very proud of both of you.