Pelican Bay State Prison CO Elijah Stancliff, left, won a gold medal while fellow officer Jose Gracia took home a bronze at the U.S. Police and Fire Championship.

Pelican Bay State Prison CO Elijah Stancliff, left, won a gold medal while fellow officer Jose Gracia took home a bronze at the U.S. Police and Fire Championship.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
and Lt. Jessica Berg, AA/PIO, Pelican Bay State Prison

Two Pelican Bay State Prison officers returned victorious from the recent U.S. Police and Fire Championships (USPFC) recently in San Diego, qualifying them to compete in the World games.

Correctional Officers Elijah Stancliff and Jose Gracia took home medals in what is commonly known as the “law enforcement Olympics.”

The competition is intended to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among members of the law enforcement community, according to the USPFC website. Contestants can compete in more than 40 sports.

On July 8, the Del Norte Triplicate newspaper featured a story on the prize-winning pair written by sports editor Michael Zogg.

Officer Stancliff earned a gold medal in the 219-pound bracket and Officer Gracia took a bronze medal in the 204-pound novice bracket of the submission grappling competition.

All the medalists from the U.S. games automatically qualify for the World games to be held in Toronto later this year. The date for the world games has not been be announced.

“We will be going out there for the whole week so that we can train out there and get ready,” Stancliff told the Triplicate. “This time we just flew to San Diego the night before, got in late and competed the next day before flying home.”

Stancliff credited CDCR and the community for supporting their desire to compete.

“We have Pelican Bay behind us and lots of businesses and individuals in the community have sponsored us,” he told the newspaper. “We are hoping to raise more money to go back to Toronto.”

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Read the full story, https://www.triplicate.com/Sports/Sports/Locals-medal-at-LE-Olympics