October 21, 2023
The United States Police & Fire Championships The Original “California Police Olympics” — 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.
Scheduled for June 10-17, 2023, the United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competitions with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. Athletes compete in 50 different sports in 35 venues through-out the County of San Diego.