The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event that is open to active and retired law enforcement and fire personnel from around the world. This event attracts close to 10,000 entrants.
Team Indiana was made up of Trooper O’Bryan Winfield of the Indiana State Police as well as officers from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Gary Police Department and Evansville Police Department.
Throughout the tournament, Team Indiana did not lose a single game and were the number one seed. They won the gold medal by defeating Washington, D.C. with a score of 50-42. They have been invited back to defend their gold medal at the 2019 World Police and Fire Games to be held in Chengdu, China.
Winfield said that prior to leaving for the competition he was often asked if he thought his team could win against larger states and teams from other countries. He said his response was based off 2 Corinthians 5:7, For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Winfield has been a state trooper for nine and a half years. He lives in East Chicago and patrols the Indiana Toll Road in Lake and Porter Counties.