Officer Frank Holmes is the Center Director at the new Grays Ferry PAL Center. He was appointed to the Philadelphia Police Department in 2001, and became a part of the PAL Unit in 2010. Officer Holmes is married with four children, and likes to spend his spare time doing anything dealing with computers and electronics. He also has a love for photography.
What made you want to be a part of the PAL Unit?
I have always worked with children in some capacity since leaving college. Then, after coming back out of patrol in 2008 and going into community relations, it restarted my love of working with children. When the Philadelphia Police Department gave me an opportunity to be a part of PAL I didn’t hesitate to get involved with something that I truly loved. WORKING WITH CHILDREN!!!
History with the Police Athletic League? How did you first learn about PAL?
I was a PAL kid and attended the PAL located at 61st and Columbia Sts. When I became a part of the PAL Unit, I started at Audenried PAL in 2010. When Audenried closed, I was relocated to Lighthouse PAL. Currently, I am working at Grays Ferry PAL, which brings me back to the South Philadelphia Area.
Why do you think proactive community policing measures like PAL are so important?
PAL builds trust between community members and police. We really need this, especially in today’s day and time.
What is one thing you want every child to know?
Never live for today, we must all live for tomorrow. Know that if you think it, it can be achieved with hard work and determination.
What kind of impact do you want to have on a child’s life?
I want the kids to leave my center and become successful thinkers, which, in turn, leads to them becoming productive adults.
Did you have a mentor who made an impact on you? Tell us about it.
I had too many mentors to name while growing up. Once I came to PAL, I think Officer Cedric Jones had the most influence on me. He is the person that truly taught me how to run a PAL Center.
What programs do you offer at your center? What programs are unique to your center?
Science 2 the Max is a unique program we offer. Other than that, we offer the standard PAL programs, Homework Club, Computer Club, Chess, Basketball. Reading, etc…
Favorite activity at PAL?
Chess and flag football are my favorite.