Only two members of the Delta Police Department took part in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games, but those two officers had a large impact, winning three gold and two silver medals between them.
Police officers and fire fighters from 70 countries took part in the games, with larger agencies, such as the New York Fire Department, sending whole teams of athletes, and some countries sending athletes who compete on a national level.
The Games were held in Chengdu China, Aug. 9-18.
Delta Police’s Constable Jessy Sahota, a front line patrol officer, competed against an Olympic alternative from India. He still beat that athlete to take gold in submission grappling, freestyle wrestling and Grecko-Roman wrestling in his weight class.
Sergeant Mo Parry, head of DPD’s training section, won silver in submission grappling and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Both he and Cst. Sahota competed in different divisions, so the two were not actually facing off against each other.
Sergeant Parry was grateful for the opportunity to attend, stating that the World Police Fire Games is about promoting physical fitness amongst the law enforcement and firefighter community.
“Training in grappling arts such as Brazilian jiu jitsu or wrestling can help officers learn to be safe, build skills to handle different situations, and increase health and fitness,” he points out. He regularly instructs DPD officers on these skills, drawing upon his background in these sports.
In order to take part in the experience, the officers raised funds for travel and accommodation costs, with the assistance of the Delta Police Foundation. They thank all those who supported them.