Fort Myers Police Foundation donates life saving equipment to FMPD

FATS Machine

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 13, 2016) – The Fort Myers Police Department recently received a Meggitt Training Simulator donated by the Fort Myers Police Foundation.

“The Meggitt Training Simulator will provide the men and women of the Fort Myers Police Department to have this advanced training simulator at their disposal 24-hours a day, thanks to the Fort Myers Police Foundation” said Chief Dennis Eads.

The Meggitt FATS® L7 compact training simulator effectively supports marksmanship and judgmental training needs of law enforcement, paramilitary and security personnel. The 1-screen configuration includes both marksmanship training and video training modes to provide a multi-tiered program. The judgmental training enhances the understanding of shoot/don’t shoot situations and the corresponding decision making process.

“Not only is this great for the officers of the Fort Myers Police Department, but it is something that all of Fort Myers can be proud off,” said Larry Romano, president of the Fort Myers Police Foundation.

The system is capable of supporting training of multiple trainees simultaneously, using up to eight system controlled weapons, during judgmental video training, thus allowing them to engage in team training. During individual marksmanship training, the system emulates a gun range design that serves as a training environment where each trainee may shoot a different exercise, and in accordance with range safety/spacing guidelines, the system can support training of up to four trainees simultaneously.

The Fort Myers Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose goal is to help build a stronger bond between the community and its local police department. All funds raised by the Police Foundation go toward purchasing life-saving equipment for the Fort Myers Police Department. Since its formation in 2014, the Police Foundation has raised $150,000 that has gone toward purchasing medical kits for patrol cars, ballistic shields, electronic ear protection for shooting ranges and more.

The FMPF will hold its 3rd Annual Golf Invitational on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Colonial Country Club located at 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:30 and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament will be followed by a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. with an awards presentation, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. There will also be a $100,000 hole-in-one contest. The entry fee is $200 per player and $100 for a non-playing guest. Individual and corporate sponsorships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Program ads are also available for $100 to $250.

“The men and women of the FMPD put themselves at risk each and every day to make our community safe and we hold this annual fundraiser to provide the necessary safety equipment to help them return to their families each night,” said Romano.  “We appreciate the community for continuing to support us to help the public servants in blue protect us.”

Reservations and sponsorships and now available by visiting or calling 239-321-7740.