Law enforcement officers from federal, parish and city agencies throughout the New Orleans area will gather for a pool tournament Friday at Lacy’s Cue on West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.
The event is intended to build relationships among agencies and is sponsored by Crimestoppers GNO, the FBI and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann.
Police from more than 20 agencies participated in last year’s event, and similar numbers are expected again.
“It was a great turnout and a big success last year,’’ said Darlene Cusanza, president and CEO of the nonprofit group Crimestoppers. “More than 90 officers took part and agencies had a chance to meet each other.’’
A team composed of one person from the FBI and one from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office won the tournament last year.
Pohlmann, whose St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office had numerous employees participate in the tournament, said the event is a good way to meet other officers from federal, state and local agencies.
“Criminals don’t worry about boundary lines separating parishes,’’ Pohlmann said. “A bad guy from one parish can commit a crime in another. So it’s important law enforcement can work together on matters that cross jurisdictional lines. When law enforcement officers from various agencies meet in a casual atmosphere, it fosters better cooperation.’’