DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 8th, 2005 / 04:15 PM

The Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy’s annual golf tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 14th at the Western Turnpike Golf Course in Guilderland. The tournament is normally a fundraiser for Academy programs. However, due to the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has caused in Slidell, Louisiana, the Academy’s Executive Board has decided to donate all of the proceeds raised from this year’s tournament to the members of the Slidell Police Department.

Slidell is a city of 30,000 people located near New Orleans and was left in ruins. Nearly all of the Department’s 82 officers and 30 civilians have lost all of their possessions, but are still serving their community as best as they can despite their personal tragedies. Chief Michael Geraci – the Zone 5 Executive Board president – and Albany Police Chief James Turley met Slidell Police Chief Freddy Drennan when they attended the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program in 2004, and have been in contact with him. Chief Drennan has told them that Slidell desperately needs help. Zone 5’s goal is to provide as much support as possible, beginning with donating the proceeds raised from the golf tournament.

Twenty (20) foursomes are still needed for the tournament. The cost is $400 per foursome and includes a continental breakfast and driving range practice before play begins, lunch at the turn and a buffet dinner catered by Mallozzi’s Restaurant. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Scoring will be a foursome best ball scramble.

Those interested in playing – or making a donation to the Slidell, Louisiana Police Department – should contact Rotterdam Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Bradt as soon as possible at 355-7739.