by Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby joined Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas during a news conference in front of the LA Memorial Coliseum. They announced the upcoming arrival of the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles, scheduled to take place between August 7-16.
“I’m proud to be standing here today,” said Chief Osby. “No one does public safety better than Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City. And, I look forward to the friendly competition and hosting the games.”
The Olympic-style games are an opportunity for active or retired peace officers or firefighters to compete in a variety of sports. More than 10,000 competitors from all over the world, representing 70 countries, are expected to participate in any of the 65 different sports and skills featured in the games. This year’s event will feature activities unique to the region, including surfing, motocross and CrossFit.
“These athletes are coming from all over the world… Asia and Europe,” said Chuck Foote, director of the California Police Athletic Federation. “What makes us different is the ages of the athletes. These athletes range in age from brand-new employees to those with 40 years of experience.”
The World Police and Fire Games will be held at various venues throughout Southern California. The opening ceremony to kick-off the 10-day event will be held at the LA Memorial Coliseum on August 7.