The United States Police & Fire Championships
The "Original California Police Olympics" --
The first Police Olympics were held in San Diego, California in 1967, and were founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus who recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among members of the law enforcement community. Duke formulated the idea of the Police Olympics and created the competition with an eye towards promoting physical fitness and sports as a means for officers to improve their overall fitness, reduce stress, and increase their professional abilities.
The name of the original Games has changed several times throughout the years. From 1967 through 1989 the Games were known as the California Police Olympics. In 1990 the name changed to the California Police Summer Games. The inclusion of firefighters in 2000 prompted the name change to the California Police and Fire Games. 2005 brought the addition of several western states into the competition and the name changed to the Western States Police and Fire Games. Since 2012, the Games have been known as the United States Police and Fire Championships.
United States Police & Fire Championships are scheduled for June 18 - 25, 2016 in San Diego County. This Olympic-type event is open to individuals representing law enforcement, fire, prisons and border protection. 4,000 competitors are expected to compete in more than 55 sporting events at 35 venues.