Seeking Entries For The Police Athletic League 2022 Police Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest

April 17, 2022

Do you know a teen who is interested in sharing their ideas with our Police Commissioner? The NYPD and Police Athletic League (PAL) invite young people to participate in the 77th Annual Police Commissioner for a Day essay contest.

Every year, hundreds of teens submit thoughtful, imaginative essays that seek to remedy some of our city’s most pressing issues.

The contest is open to all high school students from Harlem to Hollis currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

Each participant will be required to write an original essay based on a pre-approved topic chosen by Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell.

This year’s essay question is:

How would you, as Police Commissioner for a Day, seek to decrease hate crimes against marginalized populations (groups who are excluded based on gender identity, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, immigration status, etc.) in the City?

Entries can be submitted here by Friday, April 22, 2022:  2022 Police Commissioner for a Day Essay Contest (

The student named Police Commissioner for a Day will receive a $500 prize, a personalized plaque, and will meet Commissioner Sewell during an award ceremony on June 6th, 2022.

The Police Commissioner for a Day award is one of several awards that will be presented to the selected essay writers.

Other awards include Deputy Commissioner, Bureau Chief, Patrol Borough Commander, and Precinct Commander.

Each winning essayist will have an opportunity to spend a day with their top police official.

In addition, the top winner’s school will receive recognition and a $250 donation.

Founded in 1914, New York City’s Police Athletic League is a nonprofit organization that provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to 20,000 children and teens annually.

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