USNCB Supports Security at World Police and Fire Games
A Prince George's County Police Department competitor participates in the Pistol Action Combat event at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games. Image courtesy of WPFG.
Once every two years, the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) bring together the world’s toughest law enforcement, customs and corrections officers, and firefighters as they compete head-to-head in more than 60 extreme sporting events like Archery, Canine Search, and Toughest Competitor Alive. This year’s Games were held June 26-July 5 in Fairfax County, VA and welcomed more than 9,500 competitors from 70 different countries, 5,100 volunteers, and tens of thousands of spectators. Events such as the Games, with crowds this large and diverse, call for law enforcement and public safety support with international reach. Interpol Washington offered the WPFG Operations Center and the Fairfax County Police Department complementary tools and services to ensure everyone stayed safe while enjoying the event. For the first time Interpol Washington’s 24/7/365 Interpol Operations and Command Center (IOCC) helped field potential threats and was available around the clock to query subjects at this year’s Games. The IOCC helped to ensure a timely and coordinated law enforcement response was ready in the event of a major threat with an international nexus. The 2017 Games will be held in Montréal, Canada.