WELCOME TO THE
2022 Georgia Police
& Fire Games
June 20-25, 2022
Hosted by: Gainesville, Georgia
About the Georgia Police & Fire Games
The Georgia Police & Fire Games were established to recognize and honor those who work in the profession of public safety, to include law enforcement and/or firefighting. In 2022, eligibility was extended to volunteers and part-timers, sworn auxiliary officers, department of corrections staff, EMS workers, plus support staff (dispatchers, clerks, etc.). These brave men and women risk it all on a regular basis and work not for the money, but for the call to duty and the honor to serve.
To participate in the Games, you must be:
The Georgia Police & Fire Games Board of Directors would like to recognize all public safety personnel in 2022 by extending the eligibility to participate in the Games.
The Games are open to all active and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters in every U.S. state, including:
Full-time, salaried employees of a federal, state or municipal agency in the fields of law enforcement and/or firefighting. A full-time, salaried employee must be a certified officer with arrest powers or a certified firefighter;
Sworn auxiliary officers, part-time law enforcement officers and reserve or special deputies. These participants must have documentation showing they’ve completed the 408 hours of Basic Police Academy training required by the State of Georgia, and are currently sworn, in order to compete;
Department of corrections staff, including sworn officers and jailers;
Volunteer and/or part-time firefighters. These participants must have documentation showing they’ve completed Basic Firefighter Training required by the State of Georgia in order to participate;
EMS workers (including private departments);
Retirees from any of the above agencies in either the field of law enforcement or firefighting having served 10 or more years of honorable service;
Support staff with any above listed agency, including clerical, administrative assistants, records clerks, chaplains, civil officers, dispatchers, etc., currently employed by a qualified agency;
All participants will be required to present current employment IDs or retirement IDs (if available) as proof of eligibility prior to competing.
By submitting an application to participate in the Georgia Police & Fire Games, each athlete attests that he or she meets the above stated requirements. Electronic signature or written signature is recognized as an oath per law. Any falsified applications for participation in the Games will be considered an attempt to impersonate an officer under O.C.G.A. 16-10-23 and investigated as such.
Anyone who registers to participate in the Games affirms by their registration that they are physically fit enough to compete in the chosen sport. They further affirm to uphold the utmost respect for all others and to exhibit good sportsmanship while participating in or representing the Games. Any unsportsmanlike conduct could result in the participant’s(s’) home agency being suspended from participation up to three years.
Gainesville opens registration for 2022 Georgia Police & Fire Games
Board of directors expands eligibility to EMS, support staff, etc.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Jan. 27, 2022) – The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce registration has opened for the 2022 Georgia Police & Fire Games, slated for June 20-25 at various venues across Gainesville-Hall County.
“It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since we opened registration for the 2021 Georgia Police & Fire Games, but here we are – back and better than ever,” said Gainesville Tourism Director Robyn Lynch. “We’re thrilled to welcome back competitors from every corner of Georgia, especially newcomers now that eligibility has been expanded to include medics, jailers and all public safety personnel, counting administrative and support staff. With even more potential athletes having the chance to participate in 30 different events over six days, including the new Medic Challenge, the 2022 Games are shaping up to be the best yet.”
The City announced in April 2020 it was chosen to host the 2021 and 2022 week-long events, which draw competitors from across the state whose careers have been devoted to public safety. This year, and to give everyone the recognition they deserve, Georgia Police & Fire Games eligibility has been expanded beyond salaried law enforcement officers and firefighters, active or retired, from any U.S. state. The 2022 Games are now open to: sworn auxiliary officers, part-time officers and reserve or special deputies; volunteer and/or part-time firefighters; EMS personnel; department of corrections staff, including sworn officers and jailers; plus support staff, such as clerical, administrative assistants, records clerks, chaplains, civil officers, dispatchers, etc. Additional details regarding eligibility can be found on the gapoliceandfiregames.com homepage.
“The board of directors for the Georgia Police & Fire Games are looking forward to June in Gainesville. The event hosted by Gainesville-Hall County last year (2021) was magnificent and we know the second year is always better in each location we attend,” said Georgia Police & Fire Games Board of Directors President James Perry. “We also want to make this year very special and recognize everyone in the public service profession. To do that, we have opened the competition up to many categories who have previously been unable to participate. This will be a huge win for Gainesville-Hall County also due to the expected increase in numbers of participants. The success of the Games last year led to the decision to expand the eligibility to participate. We thank everyone involved in the Games last year as they made everyone feel welcome and created a successful event.”
And expanded eligibility isn’t the only new draw participants have to look forward to. New on the 2022 event schedule is the Medic Challenge, for participating EMTs; and Public Safety Showcase, which will offer the public a touch-a-truck experience. Since the Games are not open to the public, the Public Safety Showcase and Red & Blue 5K will be specifically geared toward engaging the community and including bystanders in the excitement.
Returning challenges range from flag football and a cornhole tournament; to a bass-fishing tourney, bowling and CrossFit. Athletes can sign up for more traditional sporting events such as archery, basketball or softball, or try their hand at more daring activities, like the Pistol Match, Sniper Competition/Long-Range Rifle and Motorcycle Rodeo categories. By the end of it, the City will have also announced winners in the Toughest Cop, Toughest Firefighter and Toughest Competitor categories.
Residents and visitors should plan to support the men and women who serve their city, county and state as they go head to head in friendly competition during the Games, details for which can be found at http://gapoliceandfiregames.com/event-schedule/.
To register for the 2022 Georgia Police & Fire Games, visit https://app.picklejuiceapp.com/ureg/by-activity. To register for the Red & Blue 5K, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Gainesville/RedandBlue5K2.
Those interested in volunteering for the Georgia Police & Fire Games or becoming an event sponsor may contact Lynch by calling 770-297-5499.
About the Georgia Police & Fire Games
The Georgia Police & Fire Games were established in 1984 in Carrollton to recognize and honor those who work full time in the profession of law enforcement and/or firefighting. The first Georgia Police & Fire Games was held in June 1985 and since then, has rotated throughout the state every two years, bringing a positive economic impact to the host city/town during the full week of competition. Since 1985, the Games have grown from less than 300 participants to over 1,000 participants, with interest growing every year. To learn more, visit http://gapoliceandfiregames.com/.