Event raises funds for lifesaving equipment for FMPD

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 29, 2016) – Space is still available for golfers to take part in the Fort Myers Police Foundation’s Third Annual Golf Invitational on Monday, Sept. 26.

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, a firearms training simulator and more.

In June, the FMPD received a Meggitt Training Simulator donated by the Foundation. 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. 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 golf tournament will take place 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 hole-in-one contest to win a two-year lease from Galeana Dodge.

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 Larry Romano, president of the Fort Myers Police Foundation. “We appreciate the community for continuing to support this event to help the public servants in blue protect us.”

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

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.