Hopefully the New Year has been good to you so far.
As you all know, The Arizona Police and Fire Games goal is to bring you the best facilities and sports experience as we can. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any sporting events for 2017. Please be assured we did not come to this decision easily. There are a number of reasons for this decision but one of the major reasons we decided to cancel the games this year was due to a decline in our number of participants for the last couple of years. This coupled with the protests throughout the country causing leave restrictions on departments throughout the United States made it necessary to cancel the games. We feel it’s not fair for participants/teams to travel to the games only to find teams have dropped out due to an inability to get enough players. Again, this was not an easy decision for the board.
Please be assured that we will start planning for the 2018 Arizona Police and Fire Games in the near future in the hopes that we can get participation to increase. We thank you for your understanding and support. We hope see everyone next year. If you or anyone you know want to be part of organizing the games please get in touch with us. Thanks.
Be Safe Out There. Watch Your Six.
Lt. D. Fernandez
I want to take this opportunity to Thank everyone for their support of the Arizona Police and Fire Games. Many of you have been asking if there will be games for 2018. The short answer is Unfortunately, No.
2017 was a crazy year for me and my wife. After 27 years of Law Enforcement we both pulled the trigger and Retired. The past 7 months have been spent building our Real Estate business, leaving no time to plan for the 2018 games.
It has been very revealing that the interest in the games is still there. As you can imagine the production of any event of this magnitude takes a long time and a lot of effort. Its my philosophy that I would rather cancel the games than offer ones that were just thrown together at the last minute.
So, here is your chance to be part of the resurrection of The Arizona Police and Fire Games. We need people who are willing to get involved with the production of the games. Everyone has suggestions, which are always welcomed, but if we don’t have anyone to act on them then they will just remain “suggestions”. Now, more than ever, we need boots on the ground (especially active LE personnel). As a retiree, I will need help getting the word out to active LE personnel.
If you are interested, willing and able in assisting/coordinating an event, please contact me. I can advise what is involved. If we get enough assistance, then we can start planning for the 2019 Arizona Police and Fire Games (Tucson). Planning usually starts in June (reserving fields/courts/facilities).
So, please consider being part of The Arizona Police and Fire Games Event Staff. I look forward to hearing from you. As always, Stay Safe Out There…
D. Fernandez - Retired Lieutenant, TPD