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Police & Fire Games called a success

Games are expected to bring between $5 million and $8 million in sales tax benefits to SCV

Posted: June 22, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2009 10:00 a.m.
 
Officials said Monday the Police & Fire Games, which brought more than 5,000 public servants from Hawaii to Wyoming to the Santa Clarita Valley, was a resounding success.

"From our viewpoint locally, it was a great success and we heard nothing but positives from the participants and their families," said sheriff's Sgt. Darren Harris, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Station.

City tourism analysts said Monday they hadn't formally tracked the event's impact on businesses, but anecdotal evidence was encouraging.

"We heard it was a strong week for the businesses here in town, and certainly we were blessed to have so many of the businesses supportive of the games," said Jessica Freude, an economic-development associate.

Santa Clarita tourism officials had said they expected the games to bring in between $5 million and $8 million in sales tax, based on past events.

The 2009 Western States Police & Fire Games kicked off last week, drawing more than 14,000 visitors including competitors and their family members.

Police and fire departments from 14 states sent representatives to compete in events from boxing to billiards and softball to archery.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, who hosted the event this year for the first time in more than a decade, received medals in several events, including a gold medal in softball.

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