Our History

The Games is a biennial event consisting of a wide range of individual and team sports.

The Games is a biennial event consisting of a wide range of individual and team sports.The concept of promoting sport and fraternity within the police and fire fighting communities began in 1967, with the staging of the first ever California Police Olympics. This concept grew and led to the establishment of the World Police & Fire Games Federation (WPFGF) in 1983, with the first Games taking place in San Jose in 1985.

WPFGF is made up of serving and retired fire, police and prison officers from across the world. Their mission is to create community interaction and awareness, educate children on the benefits of sport, and develop camaraderie between members of the emergency services from around the world.

PREVIOUS HOST CITIES

The Games became international in 1989 when they were held outside USA for the first time in Vancouver. Stockholm was the first European country to host the Games in 1999. Previous host cities include:

  • 1985 – San Jose, USA
  • 1987 – San Diego, USA
  • 1989 – Vancouver, Canada
  • 1991 – Memphis, USA
  • 1993 – Colorado, USA
  • 1995 – Melbourne, Australia
  • 1997 – Calgary, Canada
  • 1999 – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2001 – Indianapolis, USA
  • 2003 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2005 – Quebec City, Canada
  • 2007 – Adelaide, Australia
  • 2009 – British Columbia, Canada
  • 2011 – New York City, USA