United States Police & Fire Championships brings together law enforcement and fire athletes from across the country to compete in Olympic-style sports.
United States Police & Fire Championships are scheduled for June 22-29, 2019 in San Diego County. Athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country compete in Olympic-style sports in 50 different sports in 35 venues throughout the county.
The first California 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 sport 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.