UPD announces video game effort to promote positive interaction with youth


UTICA — Utica Police Department has partnered with community members to form a Police & Community Athletic League (PCAL) to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and community youth.

Due to the limitations of physical and athletic interaction as a result of COVID-19, the first PCAL activity will consist of a four-week Video Game Competition that will occur every Monday in November, beginning Nov. 9, from 3-6 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 500 Plant St.

Any Utica resident between grades 6-12 can participate, organizers said. To register for the program, call 315-624-9930 and press option 9.

Participants will be randomly assigned to teams with Utica Police officers and compete to win prizes.

The grand prize is an Xbox One Kindle Bundle, which was donated by the state Association of Chiefs of Police.       

For more information, contact Bridging the G.A.P. Member Patricia Washington at 315-731-5874 or Pathways to Justice Careers Project Director Stephanie Heiland at


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