On and Off Duty
- Issue 1033 July 2017
- Issue 1032 June 2017
- Issue 1031 May 2017
- Issue 1030 April 2017
- Issue 1029 March 2017
Just after the June issue of On & Off Duty was published, we saw a further terrorist attack in London on 3rd June at London Bridge and Borough Market. The amazing response of the Metropolitan Police Service undoubtedly saved many more people from becoming victims that night. We also saw the terrorist attack on 19th June at Finsbury Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured and with their loved ones. Accounts of the immense bravery of members of the public during both these attacks has shown how communities will stand together in the face of such atrocities.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all those who were killed or injured in the terrorist attack in Manchester on 22nd May 2017. We also hold their loved ones in our prayers. Children and young people were amongst the victims. We pray for the Lord’s peace and for us all to stand together against those who seek to commit these evil acts of terror.
It was only on 22nd March 2017 that a terrorist attack took place in Westminster. These attacks aim to take our peace, to try and make us live in fear. We have to be strong and, in prayer, continue to hope and work for peace.
CPA supporters from across the UK attended C3 Church in Cheltenham for the 2017 CPA National Conference, hosted by local Branch Leader Alistair Hammett and members of Gloucestershire CPA. We were pleased to welcome the safe arrival of our members from Northern Ireland and Scotland, who had especially long journeys to join us. Delegates were welcomed by Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable Suzette Davenport QPM, and by the Gloucester PCC Chief Executive Paul Trott. Conference then commenced with worship from the C3 Church Worship Band including Alistair Hammett on drums!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen colleague PC Keith Palmer. Also, we pray for all the victims who were killed or injured in the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. Metropolitan Police officers and staff stood together to protect our communities, without thought to their own safety. Together with our emergency services colleagues, members of Parliament and the public, they all showed that the darkness of terrorism will not overcome.
The PSUK (Police Sport UK) Annual Snowsport Championships were recently held in the snow covered slopes of Hinterglemm in Austria. The competition, attracting over 130 racers supported by family and friends, is the only PSUK event held outside the UK (due to a predictable lack of snow!) and incorporates three snow sport disciplines: various alpine slaloms for both skiers and snowboarders, and Nordic cross country races for individuals and team relay. One competitor was Norfolk CPA Branch Leader Marie Reavey, who shares her thoughts on her time at the event.
Reports & Forms
Part of our vision is to see ‘an active and growing Branch of CPA in every Police Service in the UK’. Let us pray particularly where Forces have no active Branch, indicated in red and especially where there is no single point of contact (SPOC). Print, and pray every day!
Jesus said, ‘Could you not keep watch for one hour?’ Paul said, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for … all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour’ (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our Annual Report for 2017. This is the first Annual Report I have helped to compile in my new role as Executive Director of the CPA.
2016 was a period of change and of growth for the Christian Police Association. Having been under the diligent leadership of Don Axcell for many years, the ‘torch’ was passed to me upon his retirement in April 2016. We thank Don and his wife Eleanor for all their unfailing support to the CPA over many years.
Shop & Other
It was always the practice, in the early days of the Christian Police Association to hold the annual gathering at Exeter Hall in the Strand, London. Many well-known speakers were invited to participate, among them the famous Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon. He spoke to CPA on more than one occasion but his first visit was in 1890 when he gave as his title ‘Why should a policeman be a true Christian?’ As the Gurney family business was shorthand writing, it is hardly surprising that such talks were fully recorded and many appeared in the CPA magazine. The message that follows appeared in the On and Off Duty magazine for June 1890.