The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) is 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 non-profit organization.
The Games attract approximately 10,000 entrants, slightly fewer than the Summer Olympic Games, and exceeding the third position holder, the Commonwealth Games.
The venue for the 2013 event is Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
The California Police Olympics were first held in 1967. The concept evolved over the years and led to the creation of the World Police & Fire Games Federation—a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation—in 1983. Two years later, in 1985, the first World Police & Fire Games were held in San Jose, California, USA, with nearly 5,000 competitors.
The largest WPFG games to date was held in New York, New York, USA with over 16,000 athletes in attendance, from 59 nations.
French team in New York on a day a hurricane cancelled competition in 2011
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- 1985: San Jose, California, USA
- 1987: San Diego, California, USA
- 1989: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 1991: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
- 1993: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
- 1995: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- 1997: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 1999: Stockholm, Sweden
- 2001: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
- 2003: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
- 2005: Québec City, Québec, Canada
- 2007: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- 2009: Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 2011: New York, New York, USA
- 2013: Belfast, Northern Ireland
- 2015: Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
- 2017: Montreal, Quebec, Canada