The World Police and Fire Games
(WPFG) are a biennial athletic event open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The WPFG Federation is an arm of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF), an American organisation.
Held every two years, the Games offer approximately sixty sports (and almost 80 disciplines), including angling
and pistol shooting
. Participation is approximately 10,000 entrants, slightly fewer than the Summer Olympic Games
, and exceeding the third position holder, the Commonwealth Games
In 1985, the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation, established the World Police & Fire Games.
With the continuing success of the California Games, planning began in 1983 for the first World Police & Fire Games, which were held in 1985 in San Jose, California
Until 1993, the first 3 places in Bench Press, Grand Masters-100 kilos, were won by Americans. But in 1995, in the 6th World Police & Fire Games in Melbourne, a 55-year old Cypriot policeman, Inspector Andreas Savvides, suffering from serious ankylosing spondylitis
, won the bronze medal in Bench Press.
The largest WPFG games to date was held in Metro Vancouver
, with 10,577 athletes in attendance as of August 4, 2009