The concept of a NSW Police Games or a NSW Police Team was discussed at the Annual General Meeting of the NSW Police Council of Sport in 1981, when information was given to the meeting by Sgt Ian Toll about a ‘Police Olympics’ being held in the USA.
Subsequently, two persons (Sgt Bob Dines – Police Credit Union and Detective Inspector John Wakefield) were sent to Phoenix, Arizona USA to attend a meeting of the International Law Enforcement Olympics to find out about the concept of the Police Games. They also visited Austin Texas, the site of the next Police Olympic Games to be held in August 1982, and then to the Police Academy in Los Angeles to speak with representatives of the California Police Athletic Federation. On their return they reported to Deputy Commissioner Angus Graham, Chairman of the NSW Police Council of Sport where it was decided to send a NSW Police team, with a touring party organised through Gulliver’s Sport Travel.
The commencement of our own NSW Police Games was put on hold until the following year, whilst resources were devoted to organising the NSW Police Team to compete in the International Law Enforcement Games – Austin Texas. The tour to the USA allowed for many and varied stories of the exploits of the competitors.
The first NSW Police Games was staged in March 1983 at the Narrabeen Fitness Camp, where the event utilised all of the centre’s facilities. The event was well attended with 2000 plus police and emergency service personnel competing in approximately ten sports across the weekend. All of the catering for the Opening Ceremony was provided by the Police Rescue Squad with a huge March Past by competitors one of the many highlights of the day. In 1988, the event was not held due to the NSW Police Force hosting the International Law Enforcement Games in Sydney.
The initial NSW Police Games Committee was formed with Superintendent Frank Murphy AM elected Chairman. Supt Murphy not only served his community as a police officer but was also an exceptional athlete who had been an Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games Diver. He was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Diving Association (1977) and served as both Australian Team Manager (1976 Montreal Olympic Games) and Olympic Judge (1984 Los Angeles Olympics & 1992 Barcelona Olympics).
Following Superintendent Murphy’s retirement, Chief Inspector Ron McDonald took the position of Chairman of the NSW Police Games, followed by Detective Inspector John Wakefield and Senior Sergeant James Prendergast until his retirement in 2012.
In 1983, Detective Inspector John Wakefield was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Law Enforcement Olympics (based in the USA) where he held that position for 25 years (retiring in 2008 from the role).
This year’s NSW Police Games is to be played from Saturday, 15th March to Sunday, 30th March*, with medals to be presented to all finalists (gold, silver and bronze), reflecting the 30 year milestone. * Please check the Games Schedule on the Games website as some sports fall outside these dates.
Blacktown City is one of the state’s most popular regions, boasting a wide range of excellent sporting facilities. 2014 marks the twelfth consecutive year that the city has hosted the Games, which is a testament to the staff of Blacktown City Council and the quality of the venues and facilities.
The NSW Police Games is open to all NSW Police Force employees (including Volunteers In Policing) and full time employees of government agencies with a law enforcement role – NSW Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Customs, Corrections, APS, SES, the Sheriffs Dept, RFS, AFP, as well as Blacktown City Council and Police Bank employees within NSW. Retired and family members from each of these agencies are also encouraged to take part.
The sports offered in 2014 are – Angling, Aquathon, Basketball, Biathlon, Clay Target, Cycling, Equestrian, Fun Run/Walk, Golf, Half Marathon, Hockey, Mountain Bike Racing (Cross Country), Mountain Bike Racinf (All Mountain Race), Netball, Open Water Swimming, Oz Tag, Paintball, Pistol, Rifle (small bore), Sailing, Soccer (Field), Soccer (Indoor), Softball, Squash, Surfing, Swimming (pool), Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Track and Field and Triathlon.
To register for the event head to www.nswpolicegames.com.au
For media inquiries please contact the NSW Police Council of Sport (NSWPCoS) Marketing Manager, Penni Wallington on Mob: 0418.394.998.
See you at the Games!