ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – It’s about time to ring in the annual Texas Police Games this year, which will be hosted in the Key City.
Officers will compete in more than 30 events like soccer, softball, bodybuilding, obstacle course and more.
One Abilene officer is competing for the first time in the games.
“I did a 16-week camp, I got three weeks left of it. So I’ve been doing it for 13 weeks, just geared for the bodybuilding competition,” said Sgt. Jason Haak.
The tournament is held to facilitate physical fitness and camaraderie among the different agencies of police in the State of Texas.
”I don’t do anything for fun, everything I do is serious,” said Sgt. Haak.
It brings in around 1,000 competitors and their families, showing them what Abilene has to offer.
“It’s going to have an economic value on hotel/motel stay. They are going to eat here in town, they are going to go our movie theaters, they are going to visit Adventure cove, they are going to go to the zoo. They are going to do the NCCIL. They are going to do all the things anybody that came to Abilene would want to do,” said Lt. Brad McGary, in charge of the 2019 games.
It also helps the Abilene Police Department recruit laterals.
“If you can get one or two to decide, ‘Hey, Abilene might be my next home,’ then it was worth the effort,” said Lt. McGary.
The games will be held June 16-21 and are free to the public.