On and Off Duty

Update from CPA member and BCDO Safeguarding Lead, Clare McKnight.


The Big Church Day Out is one of the UK’s largest annual Christian events. It draws together all ages for two action-packed days of fun, fellowship, music and worship. Each year, more than 30,000 people from all over the UK and mainland Europe gather together in West Sussex (South) and Cheshire (North). This year, the event will be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018 (South) and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June 2018 (North).


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Neil Collin, one of our two UK CPA board members of the International Christian Police Fellowship (ICPF), provides an update on recent international Christian Police events.
“In March 2017, along with Tony Britten (CPA member and Treasurer of the ICPF), I was fortunate enough to attend my first ICPF Board Meeting in Germany. It was a great opportunity to ‘build bridges’ with our colleagues both across Europe and beyond. It was also a time when we were able to be part of a further impressive gathering in Nuremberg, with a number of presentations at regional governmental level.

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As we enter 2018, it is only a few weeks ago that our annual CPA Leaders conference took place at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex. It was an excellent time of worship, fellowship and learning. Plans were made for 2018 and a number of key changes took place within our charity. The venue of our conference was very appropriate as we formally welcomed Sussex as our newest branch of the CPA and it was a pleasure to be able to meet the nominated Sussex CPA branch leader Samantha Gentry. We also welcomed Jonathan Kent and Tony Canning from Merseyside, and we look forward to further engagement with them in 2018.


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At Christmas we celebrate how God gave the world a baby named Jesus to provide the most amazing gift of forgiveness and eternal life.
Christmas is a time for joy and comfort for most. However, for those working in public service it is a time when they have to set aside those joyful celebrations as they give their time and energy to keeping our streets and communities safe and secure over this festive time.


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November is the time that we all remember those who have died in conflicts and wars, both recent and those stretching back through recent history. We acknowledge that our freedoms, our liberty and our ability to openly acknowledge our faith in God came at a huge price in the lives given during times of confl ict in defence of all we hold dear in our society today.


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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!


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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)



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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.
Lee Russell
Executive Director

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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.

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