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A “PAL” to East Orange Kids
Sgt. De Lacy Davis
East Orange, New Jersey
"My hero founded an organization called Black Cops Against Police Brutality, Inc., in 1991 to advocate for citizens who are victimized by the police. However, he realized that poor children were suffering even greater losses in the City of East Orange at the hands of everyone, including the police. He used his advocacy and lobbying skills from Black Cops Against Police Brutality and became the director of the East Orange Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) from 1999 until now.
During this time juvenile crime in East Orange has dropped by 33% over 3 1/2 years. Enrollment has increased from 150 children to 1750. He has single-handedly increased the revenue of the program from $5,000 per year to over $200,000 annually and he receives no additional money for his accomplishments
Finally, my hero did not stop there. He chose to take 3 of the children from the East Orange program into his home to live. The first child was 12 years old when Sgt. Davis met him. His mother was living an alternative lifestyle. The boy and his sister were struggling with it. The mother called Sgt. Davis every week for 6 months to work with her child as his mentor. Sgt. Davis, who was not running PAL at the time, said he did not think he could commit the time necessary to help.
After 6 months, however, Sgt. Davis agreed to help get the boy to the age of 18. On August 8th, this child turned 21 years old. He is in his third year at the College of New Jersey in Trenton. He lives with Sgt. Davis and he credits him with being the father-figure in his life. Because of Sgt. Davis, the world is a better place because a child who admittedly was drinking malt liquor, smoking marijuana and being delinquent daily is now a productive citizen in society.
Lastly, Sgt. Davis has taken in a 17 year old child from the PAL Program until she could get her life sorted out. She is currently a ward of the State of New Jersey who lives in an independent housing situation, but she sees Sgt. Davis at the police station daily where he continues to help guide her life. Last week she was hired at her first job ever. Sgt. Davis helped to prepare her by buying clothes, paying for the hairstyle and coaching her on the interview.
The final act by my hero is his greatest challenge. Since February of 2003 he has been in the process of adopting a 14 year old girl from the PAL Program – a young girl who has spent most of her life in group homes for girls. She met Sgt. Davis as a member of the PAL Boxing Program. She asked him about adopting her and he said yes. I have watched him cry many nights as he struggles through the bureaucratic maze to have this young lady as an addition to his family. He has been in therapy sessions with her for over 3 months and he has committed publicly and privately to adopting her because, as the young woman has said, “Sarge is either a father or uncle to all of the PAL kids…Everybody knows that…He’s the dad that I always wanted.”
Sgt. Davis has taken children that he has met at work and raised them, educated them and guided them without financial assistance from any outside agencies. He continues to answer the telephone after work hours in his home because he believes that it may be a PAL kid.
Sgt. Davis is 41 years old with a fiancee, a 12 year old daughter, and a mother who assists him in these endeavors. Last year, as an example to the PAL youth, he decided to get a Masters of Administrative Science Degree in 11 months while working full time. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and took 15 PAL kids to the ceremony.
Volvo for life Awards: Sgt. De Lacy Davis”
Video posted by Impact Speakers promoting the DeLacy Davis as a speaker. DeLacy speaks to students in the public schools about empowerment.
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Sergeant De Lacy Davis is a warrior and a true friend. He is one of the few brave Black men in Blue who have said “enough is enough.” Brother Davis is willing to do whatever it takes to protect and defend those he has sworn to protect and defend. And he will protect and defend the community - with his very life - from all invaders, criminals, thugs - even if they are wearing Blue. There will be no brutality on his watch. De Lacy Davis and I have traveled this country together. We have spent many hours talking, strategizing and preparing. The words below come straight from his Soul. Sergeant Davis is not a selfish man. He has given up much in speaking out - but he certainly would have given up much more by remaining silent. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the world and lose his soul? Brother Sergeant De Lacy Davis developed a National Organization, B-CAP - Black Cops Against Police Brutality, to encourage Blacks Police Officers - Peace Officers - to “Do The Right Thing.” His entire story will be told in due time, but for now, Read him, Hear him, Feel him, Study him. The solutions are within our hands. Let’s stop playing at freedom. We are on a mission. In the words of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, “We Can Accomplish What We Will.”
Black Cops Against Police Brutality:
Dr. Tyrone Powers
Interviewed in 2005 by Rebecca Wiener for Interview Magazine, DeLacy Davis talks about his organization the Police Athletic League, working with families, workshops, giving back to the community, mentoring, and Newark, Africa and so much more…
Brother Sergeant De Lacy Davis… a 14-year veteran of the East Orange, NJ, Police Department… has worked to reduce, eliminate, and prevent police abuse/misconduct and community violence through innovative techniques and programs.
Non-profit organization to advocate for community based training of police, integrity, and greater accountability.
Clip from “If I Die Tonight” - De Lacy Davis speaks will a community member to help create better dialogue between law enforcement and local neighborhoods.