Police Officer Glenn Haskins is the North Penn PAL center director. Officer Haskins began his career as a Philadelphia Police Officer in 1999, and was assigned to the 17th District. He is a married father of two, who lives in the Oxford Circle community. In his spare time, he enjoys so many hobbies that he can’t just name a few.
How did you first learn about PAL?
I was a “PAL kid” growing up. I am assigned to the North Penn location, and, for me, this is home. I grew up in this neighborhood, and many of my PAL kids are the children, and in some cases, grandchildren of my schoolmates.
What made you want to be a part of the PAL Unit?
After several years in the 17th District I started a program called “Project Make a Change” in 2006. This program was built around youth and family outreach within the South Philadelphia area. My mission was to connect first time and at-risk juveniles to resources around their community and elsewhere in an effort to provide them with better opportunities to make better choices, and, in essence, have a better quality of life. I wanted to come to PAL so that I could give the youth and the community the best of what I had learned in making good choices, being involved and engaged with positive activities, and prayerfully to expose them to something new and interesting that would have an eventful effect on their lives.
History with the Police Athletic League?
I transferred to the Police Athletic League in 2008 and have been assigned to the North Penn PAL since then.
Why do you think proactive community policing measures like PAL are so important?
PAL creates an environment where the police officers and the youth/community can establish trust. Today, there are so many things that trouble the relationships between the Police Departments around the nation and the world. PAL, in its own unique way, creates a safe environment in which the officer and the youth can talk about the things that are going on and gain a better understanding of the problems as we all seek solutions.
What is one thing you want every child to know?
I would like children to know that each and every one of them is unique and have the ability to create the success that they wish for, if they are willing to put forth the effort in obtaining it.
Did you have a mentor who made an impact on you? Tell us about it.
I was fortunate enough to have several people who acted as mentors in my life. There are too many to name, but my first and last will always be my parents. All others fall in between but they all have a space where they are honored.
What programs do you offer at your center? What programs are unique to your center?
At the North Penn Center, I have a particular interest in cultural history and healthy lifestyle, so, through our Boys-To-Men and Girls Positive Images programming, we enter into the study of African and Afro/American studies, contributions, and customs. We have an African Drumming Program facilitated by the Art Well and on Friday afternoon we have “Get Fit Friday” which is a youth fitness program that I developed to teach the youth self-defense, healthy eating, healthy thought, and we invite friends from Health Partners to come in and give us information on bettering our overall health.
Favorite activity at PAL?
I like all of the activities because they bring the youth together.