Published: October 25, 2011
Golf tournament raises funds to fight crime
By Robin l. Gardner
The ninth annual golf tournament to raise funds for Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers will be held Monday, Nov. 7 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.
This is the sole fundraiser to fund Crime Stoppers for the year. The majority of the money raised pays for the tips supplied by the public to solve crimes that might otherwise go unsolved.
Crime Stoppers is a program designed to draw out information from the public that might otherwise not be revealed to police.
“I learned about Crime Stoppers through Rotary Club of Cabarrus County; it was easy to see how very effective this program can be when the people in our community are aware and understand how it works,” said Robin Scharding, a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors.
According to Mike Chisholm, vice chair of the event, the group hopes to raise more than $4,000.
“This is it. The city picks up the phone bill; other than that, it is left up to us to fund,” Chisholm said.
The three officers who run Crime Stoppers are from the various law enforcement agencies in the county, Concord Police Department, Kannapolis Police Department and the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is very important. You get a lot of leads you wouldn’t normally hear,” Chisholm said. “An anonymous tip works a lot quicker.”
Since May, Cabarrus Crime Stoppers has united all three law enforcement agencies together under one unified accounting system for tips. A total of 78 anonymous tips have been called in to the hotline or texted, with 11 of those tips resulting in a reward. The total money paid out since May, according to Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Sara Price, is $1,200. Those 11 tips lead to crimes being solved or arrest warrants being issued, explained Price.
“My personal goal and the goal of the entire board is synonymous… to insure increased exposure and knowledge about this program in the community through special programs by educating our senior citizens and the children in our schools and sharing information through community events. This, in turn, will increase community usage; help our law enforcement agencies to solve more crimes and sometimes even stop crime before it is fully implemented,” Scharding said.
Tips that lead to an arrest are awarded up to $1,000 based on the severity of the crime.
With the support from the area’s two school systems, Campus Crime Stoppers was implemented in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems in 2004. Crime Stoppers officers have presented programs within the school systems to introduce and educate students about the Crime Stoppers program.
“All of these steps making Cabarrus County a safer community in which to live and do business. This Board of Directors is also committed to fundraising and recruiting the sponsorship needed to support increased growth of this valuable program,” Scharding said.
Registration for the golf tournament can be found at www.crimestoppers.com under events. Cost is $80 for an individual golfer and $320 for a team of four. The event is still looking for sponsors.
For more information about the golf tournament, contact Jim Davis at 704-786-5404.
Anyone with information about a crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME or text 93CRIME to CRIMES (274637).
Contact reporter Robin L. Gardner: 704-789-9140.
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