Paul Johnson knows how valuable Crime Stoppers can be.
The former police officer recalled a case where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident that went unsolved for almost a year until an anonymous tip came in.
"We had a very good description of the car, but we were unable to find out who this person was," Johnson recalled. "It just so happened I was in the office that day and I took one of the phone calls that came in. As a result of that tip, we arrested the person.
"You see how important something like this is, just to give people that sense of closure."
After serving as a police co-ordinator for over four years when he was a police officer, Johnson rejoined the organization as a civilian three years ago and is now the vice-chair. Johnson is also helping to organize an upcoming Tee Off for Tips golf tournament, which will take place at Rossmere Golf and Country Club on Sept. 15. Registration begins at noon and play will begin at 1 p.m.
The tournament took place at Tuxedo Golf Course in the tournament’s first two years, growing from 40 to 50 participants. Johnson feels a new venue will help attract a greater number of golfers, ideally 80.
"We were outgrowing (Tuxedo). They did a real nice job for us," Johnson, a St. Vital resident, said. "(The move) was so we could expand it, get it a little bit bigger, get a few more golfers out."
In an effort to ramp up excitement, two-time World Champion curler and Crime Stoppers spokesman Jeff Stoughton will be in attendance to greet golfers. As well, the Charleswood Curling Club member will be at one of the holes challenging participants to outdrive him for a chance to win a prize.
As well, Johnson explained several classic police cars from the Winnipeg Police Museum will be on display.
Registration is $125 and includes a gift, barbecue lunch, round of golf, power cart, prime-rib dinner, contests, and prizes. Individual and team registrations are welcome. Forms are available at www.winnipegcrimestoppers.org and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 204-257-6094 when complete.
Johnson explained the proceeds from the tournament will go to Crime Stoppers’ general fund, which primarily goes to provide rewards for tips.