Recapping the Games presence at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Meetings

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Surrounded by tech solutions, online colleges, associations and healthcare companies, the 2015 World Police & Fire Games booth stood out at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Meetings. A significantly smaller event then the annual conference hosted over the summer, the NSA Winter Meetings attract Sheriffs from all over the United States and the world.  Keynote speakers included Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security and James B. Comey, Director of the FBI.  For the Games team it was an excellent opportunity to get in front of the decision makers at Sheriffs’ offices to promote the Games and create new advocates!

'That's so freaking cool' said Greg Hamilton, Sheriff of the Travis County, Texas, after watching the ‘Courage on Display' information video about the 2015 Games (www.fairfax2015.com/courage). That reaction was typical throughout the conference from those who knew about the Games and those who were introduced for the first time. 

'Events like this one give us an opportunity to engage with members of sheriffs’ departments, continue to promote the Games and encourage others to get involved not only because of the great camaraderie the Games provide but also to focus on the original mission of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) - to promote physical fitness within the public safety profession' said Tony Shobe, Director, Sports for Fairfax 2015 and a 2nd Lt. with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. 

 Actor Erik Estrada was also walking the Exhibit Hall rows, promoting his non-profit that focuses on providing bulletproof vests to agencies that cannot afford them. He even took the time to pose for pictures with exhibitors including, Fairfax County Firefighter and Athlete Recruiter for Fairfax 2015, Charlie Ray.

For more information on the National Sheriff Association and their events and program please visit; www.sheriffs.org 

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