Topanga PAL creates opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in athletic, educational, cultural and community enrichment programs - building confidence and self esteem in today’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.
LAPD Topanga P.A.L is the umbrella that supports our youth programs. It is designed to divert the youth of our city away from gangs and criminal activity by providing a wide variety of positive recreational activities under the supervision of trained police officers and motivated volunteers. Topanga PAL is not just any program offering after school activities. What makes PAL unique is the interaction between police officers with the children in this program, their families, and the greater community. These interactions cement a bond between law enforcement and the community that is imperative in establishing a trusting relationship between both sectors.
21501 Schoenborn St Canoga Park, California, 91304
Captain Francis Boateng has served with the Los Angeles Police Department since 1998. He was born in Accra, Ghana and migrated to the United States in 1988. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge in 1997 and is a graduate of the FBI, Law Enforcement Executive Development, Command Leadership Institute.
After completing probation at West Valley Division, he was transferred to Hollywood Division where he worked a variety of assignments including Patrol and the Prostitution Enforcement Detail. Captain Boateng was assigned to Office of Operations and Office of the Chief of Police from 2001 to 2002.
In 2005 Captain Boateng promoted to the rank of Police Officer III in North Hollywood Division where he gained experience working the Juvenile Car. In 2006, he was promoted to Detective and transferred to Southwest Division where he worked various detective assignments. In 2007, he received a paygrade advancement to Detective II and was assigned to Internal Affairs Division investigating Administrative Complaints. In 2009, Captain Boateng was promoted to Sergeant and worked Van Nuys and West Valley Division. In 2012, he received a paygrade advancement to Sergeant II and was assigned as an Assistant Watch Commander at Central Traffic Division.
In 2015, he was assigned as a Commander’s Aide at the Office of Special Operations, until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and assignment as the Watch Commander in Van Nuys Division. In 2018, he received a paygrade advancement to the rank of Lieutenant II, Officer in Charge at Commercial Crimes Division.
Captain Boateng was honored to be promoted to the rank of Captain by Chief of Police, Michel R. Moore in 2021 and assigned as the Topanga Patrol Commanding Officer.