The Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) and its community partners held the annual PAL soccer tournament today.

PAL is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses athletic, recreational and educational programs as a tool to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youth.

With the partnership of the Vancouver School Board, BC Place, the Vancouver Police Foundation, and the valued support of many local businesses and community members, approximately 15 elementary schools near the Downtown Eastside and from East Vancouver were able to take part.

VPD Acting Deputy Chief Daryl Wiebe kicked off the event at BC Place Stadium at 9:30 this morning where an estimated 1000 elementary school kids participated in this fun and exciting tournament to support youth in our city.