Police Lt. Sherrill shines at World Police & Fire Games


Police Lt. Patty Sherrill, a 24-year veteran of the Canton Police Department and mother of two, placed second in the global CrossFit competition at the World Police and Fire Games held last week in Los Angeles.

Police Lt. Patty Sherrill

Police Lt. Patty Sherrill

Sherrill finished in a tie for first but lost the tiebreaker and officially came in second. “We could not be more proud of her,” said Canton Police Chief Ken Berkowitz. “She continually sets the bar high for herself and all of us, both on duty and off duty.”

Sherrill described the CrossFit competition as a variety of lifting and cardio events. She took up the sport so she could be in better shape for her job and has been an active participant for the past five years.

Sherrill, who regularly works out at two private gyms, entered the CrossFit Open competition among police and firefighters in February and entered her scores each week. After five weeks she was ranked first among female law enforcement officers in the Northeast and was invited to compete in the Elite Category at the LA games. The top 10 performers among female police and firefighters were invited to compete and eight contestants made the trip to California last week to compete for two days. Canton-based Reebok paid a portion of Sherrill’s trip expenses.

“Reebok was honored to support Lieutenant Sherrill at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games this year,” said Kathleen Tullie, Reebok’s senior director of corporate social responsibility. “Her ongoing commitment to strengthen herself through fitness and the amazing work she does to strengthen others in our Canton community is a shining example of our ‘Be More Human’ philosophy.”

In five events at the games, Sherrill placed first in one and second in two others.

“I did better than expected,” she said. “Initially I was intimidated and it was awe-inspiring to see what kind of shape these men and women are in. But I focused on what I could do. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event. I learned a lot about myself during this competition.”

Sherrill is a graduate of the FBI National Police Academy and was a counselor at the FBI National Academy and Youth Leadership Program. For the Canton Police Department, she heads up patrol and the department’s Domestic Violence Division. She has also spearheaded the department’s efforts to obtain state accreditation (a voluntary evaluation process) and teaches a women’s self-defense course.

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