Precinct 2 Constable Gene DeForest is proud to announce the Texas Police Athletic Federation’s 2009 Texas Police Games will be held in Conroe June 24 – 28. The event is open to the public, providing citizens a unique opportunity to watch officers compete in a variety of work related and other competitions or to volunteer their time and be a part of the one-of-a-kind event that has never been held in Conroe.
Constable DeForest was asked by TPAF to host the annual Texas Police Games which involves 1500 to 2000 law enforcement officers from throughout Texas and beyond, along with retired military law enforcement. Firefighters are now included as well.
“Everyone enjoys participating in the games and meeting new people,” DeForest said. “It’s good to see them again, to go out to eat, mix and mingle, and have that camaraderie.”
Constable DeForest said hosting the games is a tremendous honor. The event was originally scheduled to be held in Dallas this year.
“Usually cities have to bid for this privilege,” he said. “It’s quite an event, with officers coming from the Valley, from West Texas, North Texas, and closer places like Houston, Dallas and Austin.”
The Texas Police Athletic Federation promotes physical fitness for members of the law enforcement community of Texas and other states by promoting athletic competition through the annual games.
This year’s competitions include: Submission Wrestling, Trap/Skeet/5-Stand, Soccer, 5K & 10K Run, Archery, K-9 Patrol, Bass Tournament, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Track & Field, Texas Pentathlon, Tennis, Softball, Rifle, Racquetball, Powerlifting, Pistols Tactical, Pistols, Paintball, Mountain Bike, K-9 Narcotics, Karate, Golf, Flag Football, Cycling, Bowling, Billiards, Basketball, 3-point shootout, liftoff, and a disc golf exhibition, on request of the Conroe Organizing Committee.
Constable DeForest said although he is the official host, there is a long list of people whose diligence is making the event a reality.
“Thanks to all those who have assisted in this endeavor,” he said. “It’s been a greater task than I ever imagined, but a lot of people got onboard and helped with it and the TPAF made it easy by giving me their help and support from the beginning.”
Preparations are well underway, but Constable DeForest hopes more citizens will take the initiative and become a part of this special event.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done and more volunteers are needed,” Constable DeForest said.
The competitions will be held at multiple locations and volunteers are needed to assist at each location in various capacities.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer should call Constable DeForest’s office at (936)539-7854.