Area Deputy Constable To Compete In International Police And Fire Games

August 15, 2008

When the International Police and Fire Games take place next week in Florida, Deputy Constable Brian Vickers of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office will be the only law enforcement officer from a constable’s office to take part.

He will also be among the elite of police and firefighter athletes in the world.

Vickers will be among 300-400 law enforcement officers from around the globe to compete in the Olympics-style event at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Already a world champion in the bench press for the 275-pound class, Vickers will be literally going for the gold in the games’ powerlifting competition.

“This is the first time I’ve competed in the International Police and Fire Games, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Vickers said.

Last November, Vickers set two new world records in his weight class at the World Association of Bench Press and Deadlift World Championship in Anaheim, Calif. He took world titles Bench Press World Championship and the Law/Fire Men’s Open Class Bench Press World Championship.

The wins came after only three months of intense training. Vickers said he was particularly proud of the fact that the championships were in a completely drug-free, drug-tested event.

“It’s important to me, as a law enforcement officer, that we sent the drug-free message,” Vickers said.

Vickers was raised on the historic King Ranch in south Texas. He attended Texas A&M Kingsville and eventually earned his criminal justice degree from Coastal Bend College, all while working on the King Ranch.

He began his law enforcement career with the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office in Kingsville where he was assigned to the South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force. Vickers was also a member of the Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the department’s SWAT team.

Vickers then relocated to Houston, accepting a position with the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. He is currently a firearms instructor, law enforcement instructor, crime scene photographer and a member of the department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit. Vickers is assigned to the West Side Patrol District.

In 2003, Vickers was invited to try out for the Houston Gunners Football Team, a member of the National Public Safety Football League. For the next three years, he was the starting left side defensive end. He was also voted League Player Representative for the league’s planning and decision-making board meetings by his fellow teammates, as well as defensive team captain. In 2003 and 2004, the Gunners won the NPSFL National Championships.

In 2007, Vickers was invited to try out for an NLF development league, the South West Football Association. He landed a spot with the Cardinals football organization. His team ultimately won the SWFA Division II National Championship.

In spite of his athletic successes, Vickers said he remains committed to his law enforcement career and using his commitment to health and fitness to teach a drug-free lifestyle to young people. He works closely with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Vickers said his philosophy works equally well for law enforcement and athletic competition.

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender,” Vickers said.

Unlike Olympians, however, Vickers has to pay his own expenses to travel to the International Police and Fire Games. The cost for travel, housing and related expenses is estimated at $2,887.00.

Any business or individual interested in assisting defraying the costs is encouraged to contact Vickers at bvickers151@hotmail.com.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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