Cops travel from around the world to compete in police, fire games

This year’s World Police and Fire Games will have participants from 70 countries

By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 World Police and Fire Games kicked off Monday in Los Angeles, bringing together nearly 10,000 athletes from police and fire agencies in 70 different countries. The games, held every two years, welcome retired and active individuals to participate in competitions ranging from weightlifting to decathlons. Take a glimpse at some of the competitors:

When he’s not keeping streets safe during the night shift, South Bend (Ind.) Officer David Boutsomsy is lifting weights in the gym.

"It doesn't really matter how strong you are if you don't have a base technique," Boutsomsy told WSBT. "Over time you will either get injured or you just can't grow as far as power and strength goes."

Boutsomsy, who will be competing in the Raw Bench Press competition, said it’s all about self-motivation.

“You can think about doing some things — and that goes for life in general too — but at the same time if you don't have that self-discipline, that self-motivation, and staying focused on the course you will never be able to get there," he said.

Boutsomsy, who won a gold medal with the USA National Powerlifting team, said he’s been weightlifting for years and can lift double his own body weight. He also set an international record in Costa Rica last year and holds the Indiana state bench press record, so he’s pretty confident he’ll do well.

"To be honest I think I am going to take it home," he said. “Not trying to sound over the top but I am confident I can go there and make a splash and bring it home."

Retired Mansfield (Ohio) cop and former Marine John Fuller is taking his fitness journey to a new level in the CrossFit competition. 

Initially, Fuller told the Mansfield News Journal that he was trying to earn a spot in the CrossFit Games in February. His numbers apparently stood out among the rest and he qualified for the World Police and Fire Games. 

“To tell you the truth, I feel better going out to the World Police and Fire Games as opposed to the CrossFit Games for the reason that CrossFit was originally made for law enforcement,” Fuller said. “I think they get the most respect, law enforcement and military. I’m former Marines, so I’ve done them both.”

Fuller, dubbed “Robo Cop” by his fellow CrossFitters, said he’s not changing his routine specifically for the games. 

“Somebody asked me what I was going to do to prepare for it,” he said. “I said, ‘Nothing. I’m as ready as I’m going to get.’ If I start preparing for it now, it isn’t going to happen. That’s why I work out like I do, just to better myself.”

Cpl. Clint Sandusky, who retired in 2016 after a 24-year law enforcement career, doesn’t have to travel very far from Yucaipa to compete in the cycling/cross country event. 

While serving with the Riverside Community College District Police Department, Sandusky was the bike team coordinator for the department and a member of the Honor Guard, the News Mirror reported. He has also taught bicycle patrol courses at different departments across California. 

Since 1999, Sandusky has competed and medaled in the cross-country mountain bike events at the games. When the games were held in New York in 2011, he rode to honor those who died on Sept. 11. He looks forward to bringing home another medal.

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