Police Officer Brad Deeley was appointed to the Philadelphia Police Department in 2006 and assigned to the PAL Police Unit in 2017. Deeley is a lifelong resident of Fishtown and the 26th Police District, where he looks forward to working with PAL kids and teens in his home district, alongside Police Officer Francine Whitfield. He is married with two children, and, in his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and watching sports.
What made you want to be a part of the PAL Unit?
Being in PAL has always been a goal of mine since joining the Philadelphia Police Department. I can
combine my career as a Philadelphia Police officer with a few things I really enjoy in life, mentoring kids and sports. To be entrusted to help mentor and mold children into becoming successful adults is a great feeling. Growing up, I was always involved with organized sports and I’ve had some great coaches and mentors that really helped me stay on track and out of trouble. My parents were, and still are, always there for me, but it is definitely beneficial to have as many positive people as possible in your life.
History with the Police Athletic League?
I am new to the unit and the 26th District PAL will be my first dedicated center. While training, I have been assigned to a few centers, but, for the majority of my time in PAL, I have been at the Oxford Circle PAL Center with Officer Brian Younger. He runs a great PAL Center, with a great group of kids and programs. I look forward to taking the helpful tips and advice Officer Younger and other PAL officers have taught me, and beginning to implement them in the new 26th District PAL Center.
Why do you think proactive community policing measures like PAL are so important?
Community policing helps build trust and understanding between police and the communities they serve. I feel at PAL, kids can let their guard down and get to know officers for who they are, whereas, on the street, a kid may be a little apprehensive to approach a police officer. In a PAL center, the kids quickly realize police officers are regular, everyday people just like them. In today’s world, it is extremely important to have children and their families trust the police and realize we are here to help them.
What is one thing you want every child to know?
Anything is possible. With some discipline and a lot of determination anything you set your mind on is achievable.
What kind of impact do you want to have on a child’s life?
I want children to feel that they can rely on me. If they need help in achieving any
goal, I want to go the extra mile and do everything I can to help them.
Did you have a mentor who made an impact on you? Tell us about it.
Growing up, I had numerous mentors, most of whom were my coaches. My club soccer coach, Joe Beck, and high school coach, Mr. Patton, along with my baseball coaches, Dave Dougherty and my father Bob, were just a few. Not until I got older did I realize the countless hours these men donated to me and hundreds of other children. They have positively affected my life tremendously. The countless hours spent away from their own families to help kids become successful in life is something I truly admire and am thankful for.
Favorite activity at PAL?
The Junior Golf Program is a favorite of mine.