June 21-27, 2020
Hosted By: Newnan, Georgia
Welcome to the 2020 Georgia Police and Fire Games
****CANCELATION OF THE 2020 GAMES****
To our family of the Georgia Police and Fire Games the Board of Directors on Thursday the 9th of April 2020 made the most difficult decision to cancel the Games scheduled for June 2020. This would be our 36th year of putting on the games and nothing has stopped us before. But, as we all know the Corona virus has changed our world and poses a high risk to many, many people with no end in sight currently. You are all our brothers and sisters and nothing is more important to us than your protection and good health.
The sadness associated with this decision is heavy. Many of us across the State only see each other once per year during the Games so they have become a family reunion for many of us. Rest assured we do not intend to end the Games permanently, far from it. The bid for the next two years Games has been won by Gainesville-Hall County and confirmed this morning with their commitment to host in 2021 and 2022. We look forward to next year and know from past years with them, they will do an excellent job with the Games. We anticipate next year could be one of our biggest years ever. Please plan to join us in Gainesville-Hall County.
We want to say a special thanks to Newnan and Coweta County for their hosting of the Games last year and the efforts put forth in anticipation of this years Games. They did an outstanding job and the proof was in your comments we received. Newnan has indicated their desire to host the Games again in 2023 to continue the excellent work they did in 2019. It is impossible to list everyone who should be thanked but let’s just say Coweta County and Newnan are an excellent place to be. The one person who took the biggest challenge in putting it all together was Deputy Chief Mark Cooper. He will tell you he had an excellent team and support from the community and it was very obvious. Thanks to all and we look forward to returning.
Finally, for me personally, I don’t want to totally give up this year on an opportunity for us all to come together. So, my thought is this, if our most Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father will allow it, I propose a one day gathering in the fall, in Newnan, maybe the biggest barbecue in the South. As many as possible first responders, doctors, nurses, all the real heroes just come together for a day of celebration and camaraderie. I will work on the details and I hope to see all of you there.
In the mean time let’s all just keep doing what we do, serve the public and be there for others in their time of need. Stand strong together my family! God bless each and everyone of you and your families. Keep in touch, send us some photos and we will post them on the website to show our unity for each other.
James Perry, President
The Georgia Police and Fire Games were established to recognize and honor those who work full time in the profession of law enforcement and or fire fighting. These men and women risk it all each tour of duty and work not for the money but for the call to duty and the honor to serve.
These Games are open to active and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters in every state in the US.
To participate in the Games you must be:
1. A full-time, salaried employee of a Federal agency in the field of law enforcement or fire-fighting;
2. A full-time, salaried employee of a State agency in the field of law enforcement or fire-fighting;
3. A full-time, salaried employee of a local municipality or city in the field of law enforcement or fire-fighting;
4. A retiree from any of the above agencies in either the field of law enforcement or fire-fighting having served ten or more years of honorable service.
5. All participants will be required to present current employment IDs or retirement IDs (if available) as proof of eligibility prior to competing.
As of 2017, officers may combine with other agencies to field team sporting events involving five or more players for team play. By submitting application to participate in these games, each officer 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 these games will be considered an attempt to impersonate an Officer under OCGA 16-10-23 and investigated as such.
The Board of Directors for the Georgia Police and Fire Games are pleased to announce the city of
Newnan, Georgia has been chosen to host the games for the years 2019 and 2020.
Newnan is the perfect city to host the games said Board President James Perry. It is central to the
majority of our competitors, easily accessible by interstate and other good roads and has so many
great restaruants and hotels that will make the visitors for the games have an enjoyable experience.
Newnan and Coweta county citizens and businesess support their first responders entusiastically and
we already know the pride and dedication of the first responders of Newnan and Coweta County will
be a key factor in hosting and producing a successful event each year. Their excitement over the games
has already shown as pre planning discussions have gone very well.
Dalton hosted the games in 2018 and had over 500 contestants. We expect due to location and other
positive factors, Newnan will see an increase in these numbers. The games bring a postive economic
impact to the area during the full week of competition. Events range from toughest cop, toughest fire
fighter, softball, 5k road race, shooting competition, golf and more. Spectators are invited to come
watch the events for free so please plan to come support the men and women who serve your city,
county and State each day as they go head to head in friendly competition during the games.
For the second year Newnan will host the games, June 21th through the 27th of 2020.
Look for event schedule and location of events
In future announcements.