Gainesville Police Department Sgt. Jonathan Frith and Officer James Hooks participated in the 2013 Texas Police Games held in Nassau Bay from June 10 through June 14, according to a recent release from the department.
Both officers participated in the five-kilometer and 10-kilometer running track and field events. Hooks won a gold medal in the five-kilometer run and a silver medal in the 10-kilometer run.
The first Texas Police Games, formerly known as the Texas Police Olympics, were held in Dallas in 1977, with more than 250 participants. The idea of the event is to promote good physical condition among commissioned police officers through competitive athletic competition.
It has continually grown in turnout through the years, with participation in 2013 exceeding 1,200. The event is sponsored by the Texas Police Athletic Federation (TPAF), and was conceived in 1974, by officers Steve G. Baggs (Texas Department of Public Safety), O.L. Cullum (Fort Worth Police Department) and Tim R. Vought (Dallas Police Department). These officers conducted the first Texas Police Recruit Championships in Dallas in April 1975. The event was repeated in Austin in January 1976, and in Ft. Worth in December 1976.
The TPAF was chartered and received it’s original funding through contributions made by the Dallas Police Association and the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. The TPAF was established to foster physical fitness and comradeship among peace officers in the State of Texas and from other states by the organization and promotion of athletic events and competitions in which peace officers can compete.
The Texas Police Games are conducted annually and are open to all sworn peace officers — local, state and federal — who meet the specific requirements as defined and outlined in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the by-laws of the Texas Police Athletic Federation and who are primarily engaged in law enforcement activities which center on criminal apprehension and detention.