Youth Programs

The Pasadena Police Department is dedicated to promoting and ensuring the safety, education, and welfare of all young people throughout the City of Pasadena. We are committed to a number of youth programs that encourage young people to avoid drugs, gangs, and to stay in school. Please click on the tab to learn more about the programs we offer.

If you would like to speak to someone regarding these programs, please call the Program Coordinator
Susana Porras at (626) 744-4551 or email

Pasadena Police Activities League Programs

PAL Is A Non-Profit / Tax Exempt 501c3 Charitable Organization.

Pasadena Police Activities League (P.A.L.) firmly believes that all youth are assets to our community and serve as the future generation. P.A.L.'s programs and activities are used as a vehicle to help youth.

Learn More About the PAL Program, Enrollment or Support by Making a Donation

The Pasadena Police Department’s Police Activities League, in partnership with The Salvation Army-Pasadena, offers a positive atmosphere for elementary, middle, and high school students in the Pasadena area. During the school year, PAL provides transportation to its members from selected school campuses to the PAL center. Pasadena PAL has served over 3,000 youth and sponsored activities such as: arts & crafts, culinary arts, field trips, tutoring and personal development.

School Year

During the school year our main focus is academic success. Each member is assigned a Youth Advisor and they are monitored throughout the school year. The goal of the Pasadena PAL Program is to help each member maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. This is achieved through tutoring, school visits, and mentoring from the Youth Advisors.


PAL offers its members a full summer program which includes swimming, beach trips, and exposure to cultural experiences. We also offer a variety of classes such as art, cooking, soccer, craft making, and Zumba. In addition, we also conduct girls and boys groups to talk about gender specific topics.

If you would like to become a member of Pasadena PAL and are currently between the ages of 9-17 go to the Salvation Army’s Community Youth Center.
Monday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday – Friday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Visit our web page at: or call the Pasadena Police Activities League at: PAL Center (626) 356-9166

Pasadena Kid's Safety Academy

The Pasadena Kids Safety Academy Teaches Emergency Preparedness and Stranger Danger

Do your children know how to respond during an emergency or what to do when confronted by a stranger? If you are unsure about your answers to these questions, then you might consider enrolling your child in the Pasadena Kids Safety Academy.  The Kids Safety Academy is offered 3 times a year and  is a 7-week program for youth ages 6 to 12 and their parents or guardian.  The program is taught by the Pasadena Police Department, the Pasadena Fire Department, and other City Departments and it is sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation.

During the program, attendees will meet at various locations in Pasadena for seven (7) consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Classes cover a wide variety of subjects:

  • Stranger danger and park safety
  • Fire safety and disaster preparedness
  • Environmental stewardship and recycling
  • Bike rules and safe practices
  • The 9-1-1 phone system
  • Community leadership
  • Water skills and safety
  • Proper diet and nutrition

Space is limited to 30 children and their parents. Scheduling and reservation information can be obtained by calling 626-744-4551. Please take a look at our event calendar for dates.

Pasadena Police Explorer Program

The Pasadena Police Explorer program is for young men and women ages 14-21 years of age. It’s an opportunity to give young adults the chance to work with officers and employees of the Pasadena Police Department and their community and possibly continue toward a career in Law Enforcement.


14-21 years old, minimum “C” GPA, good physical condition, an interest in law enforcement and a wiliness to serve to community of Pasadena.

Strong morale and good values, an ability to work with others. Upon acceptance in the Pasadena Police Explorers, one takes on the title of “Recruit”. Once graduated from the 22 week Explorer Academy, the recruit then receives the title of “Police Explorer”.


Meetings are normally held twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the police station from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekend details or events are also a big part of our program.

Work Details

The Explorer program is a volunteer program. Volunteer hours are given to the city with assistance at city activities and events held at the Rose Bowl, City Hall, and Civic Center.

Rewards And Scholarships

One of the biggest thrills about being an explorer is the opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with actual police officers while they work. Explorers are right there next to the officers in their patrol car and get to see all the action as it happens. This is no “COPS”, it’s the real thing. Get the car, strap in, and hold on.

You never know what will happen while you’re on patrol in the City of Pasadena. This is true behind the scene action. You get up close and personal.

Rank advancement and personal recognition is encouraged for all explorers. Skills in many police related fields can be obtained.

Even though this is a volunteer program; monies earned go back to the explorers by helping to pay for all of their activities. Most activities than the explorers take part in are free to the explorers.

Educational assistance towards college are also available through the explorer program.


Competitions are held throughout the year against other police explorer post. The competitions test the skill level of explorers in areas such as: Building Searches, foot pursuits, driving skills, felony stops, drug raids, and drill team just to name a few.

Competitions are also held in sporting events such as softball, volleyball and basketball.

Social Events

Social events and fun activities are done as a reward for all of the work that is produced. Trips to San Diego, Big Bear, Palm Springs are a part of our fun. We also take trips to Disneyland, Knotts Scary Farm, Magic Mountain, Dodger Stadium, Ice Skating, the Beach, Picnics, and many, many more.

Phone Numbers

Explorer Office
(626) 744-4571

Community Relations
(626) 744-4551

Police Station
(626) 744-4241

Pasadena Junior Public Safety Academy

The Pasadena Junior Public Safety Academy is a joint venture between the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments. Pasadena area youth will participate in the five-day academy. The Pasadena Junior Public Safety Academy is designed to provide an arena where our young people can build confidence, leadership and team work through interaction with Police and Fire personnel. Participants will experience firsthand what these jobs entail, gaining insight into possible career opportunities.


  • Meet and train with Pasadena Police Department personnel
  • Meet and train with Pasadena Fire Department personnel
  • Attend a certified Police Academy for a day
  • Team building and leadership opportunities
  • Graduation Ceremony


  • High School Student
  • 2.0 G.P.A.
  • Must be a Pasadena resident or attend a Pasadena area high school
  • Must participate in all 5 sessions in order to graduate
  • Prepared to partake in physical activity