History of the Latin American Police & Fire Games:
The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE TACTICS, AITP, was born in the year 2000 in the city of Québec, Canada. The AITP is now internationally recognized as specializing in the « Use of Police Force and Human Rights ». Also, it defends the rights of police officers to have realistic and regular training in the use of force, decent working conditions and promotes relations with citizens through community policing, especially with disadvantaged sectors of society.
The Games are a work tool to offer the first interveners a meeting place to share their experiences, sports events to compete with each other and an opportunity to bring citizens closer to their servers. That is also why we promote inclusive sport during our Games.
The 1st Latin American Games were held in the city of Córdoba, Argentina in November 2013, the 2nd and 4th in the city of Buenos Aires, the 5th in the city of Guadalajara in 2017, the 6th in the city of Panama in 2018, the 7th in ce of Mexico (2019) and the 8th in San Luís Potosí in 2021 (due to the pandemic, the city of Quito, Ecuador, could not organize the Games). The 2022 Games will take place in the city of Leon, Mexico and those of 2023 in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico.
– The economic impact of the Latin American Games is also important. It is between 2,000 and 3,000 people, who stay and spend, visiting a specific city.
– The cost of participation in the Games paid by the athletes serves in the supervision of the Games but above all in offering training (for free) to the police officers of several countries and the defense in justice (for free) to the unjustly accused police officers.
LAPFG & Olympic spirit:
The physical benefits of sport are unmistakable; the qualities developed by one who practices sport are many, such as challenges in everyday life, perseverance and discipline.
The Latin American Police & Fire Games are symbolic congregation of the Olympic spirit: Fair-play, effort, delivery, fight, solidarity, undiscriminating of no classroom.
Multi ethnicity is at the heart of the Game’s vision, differences are encountered, discovered, shared. New bonds of understanding and friendships are developed.
This great human adventure gives communities a better understanding of how agencies work, meet with them on a friendly basis, and often brings about interactive relations with youth.