LOS ANGELES — After ten days of spirited competition, it’s back to duty for the men and women in blue, as the World Police Games held its closing ceremonies on Wednesday night.
The events brought out 9,000 law enforcers from 67 countries, including some 80 members of the Philippine National Police.
Filipino American officers also took part in some of the more unique games like submission grappling, and the biathalon — a combination of running and shooting.
And now that the smoke has cleared, the Philippine National Police has won 9 gold…6 silver, and 5 bronze medals, making a total of 20 medals.
The final two golds were captured on the beach.
The PNP women’s beach volleyball team faced tall competition against the towering women of Brazil, and Russia.
But they took the highest honor on the podium were teammates since college, Lourdilyn Catubag and Karen Kay Quilario, who both dominated each match on the sand.
“Sobrang saya Hindi namin akala nanalo kami kasi marmaing kalaban,” said Catubag.
“Lalo na ibang country natatankad. Hindi namin inexpect makuha namin Yung gold,” said Quilario.
For these police officers from the PNP Davao regional office, the games are a chance to show their pride and to promote some of the positive things they do in their everyday lives as officers.
“Para po sa amin nga lalaro kami to promote No to Drugs. Binangya namin po Yung kabataan wag po talaga ginamit Ng droga tapos play your sports rather than using drugs.”
As these ladies took the beach, the Philippines once again showed their fighting sprit, bringing home two silvers in karate, joining taekwondo, badminton, and boxing as the PNP’s other big winners.
For most of the Philippine medalists, this was their first time at the World Police and Fire Games.
As the return home with their medals around their neck, they look forward to defend their titles in 2017 when the games go to Chengdu, China.