On and Off Duty
- Issue 1031 May 2017
- Issue 1030 April 2017
- Issue 1029 March 2017
- Issue 1028 February 2017
- Issue 1027 January 2017
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.
Thames Valley ofﬁcer James Kyriacopoulos recently completed a gruelling 170 mile ‘Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon’ in aid of the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’, supporting vulnerable Armed Forces veterans on their journey of re-integration and independence. The week-long race started at the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and concluded at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah. Along the way, the course passed through desert and red rock canyons.
For our regular readers, you will know that the Editor allows me to have an ‘… and finally’ section on the back page of On and Off Duty. This month he has kindly let me have a one off ‘And Firstly…’ So, here goes…
May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the CPA, to wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year. I extend our thanks to all those officers and staff who worked hard to keep us safe over the festive period. We pray that they have the chance to catch up on well-earned rest!
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.