On and Off Duty

Tony Gale became a Christian in 1988 after he felt drawn to church and was transformed by the Holy Spirit. Tony has been active in a number of roles within church, including helping the homeless, the church football team, and the prayer team. In 2008 he completed a course in Pastoral Skills through the Association of Christian Counsellors. He has also conducted and assisted with bible teaching courses in his church and he has given talks about CPA and his experience in the police, to various churches over many years.


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19th June saw the Faith and Police Together conference take place at the College of Policing. The day was a great success and challenged delegates to consider how they engage with their local faith communities. 91 delegates attended from across the country with a wide range of ranks and roles within policing represented. The aim of the day was to encourage police to routinely engage with the faith communities, not just when emergency disaster relief situations occur; and to help broaden thinking about the potential for faith communities to contribute towards social cohesion…


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On and Off Duty are delighted to announce that City Of London’s deputy CPA branch leader Jojo Immanuel Lawson was recently awarded the prestigious Dr Virginia F Barnett Memorial Award in recognition of his contribution and impact to international evangelism
through his gospel music and evangelistic ministry

Jojo, who received his award in the USA, is the youngest and first ever British singer to be recognised in this way with regards to his contribution to international leadership and
outreach music. The award was established in memory of the late Dr Virginia Barnett who was not only highly instrumental in the promotion of the gospel in the USA but also established a church in Norfolk, Virginia and later founded Immanuel Worship and Deliverance Ministries International. The annual award acknowledges the contribution and impact of persons such as Jojo in upholding an unquenchable desire for the salvation of souls.


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It was very fitting to hold our 2019 Conference at St Andrews – Police Treatment Centre (PTC) in Harrogate. This centre is part of the legacy of the amazing vision of our founder Catherine Gurney. It is in Harrogate where she is laid to rest – not more than a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

Conference 2019 commenced with Patrick Cairns, Chief Executive of the Police Treatment Centre and North Yorkshire Chief Constable Lisa Winward welcoming delegates to conference. We were so grateful for the amazing support given by everyone hosting us. Peter Moore (our main PTC contact) and the whole team at St Andrews were exceptional in ensuring an unforgettable conference.

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For Christians, Easter is a time of stark contrast, with Good Friday a time for quiet reflection on Christ’s anguish and cruel death on the cross at Calvary. This followed by Easter Sunday, a time to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and new birth into
a living hope.


The apparent misnomer of ‘Good’ applied to the Friday has been the subject of much debate over many centuries. While some consider the term ‘good’ to be an archaic form of ‘Holy’, others suggest


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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 2019 and to our
new President! In my third year as Executive Director, it continues to be a privilege
to support all those who give their energy and time to continue the Mission and
Vision of the Christian Police Association. We remain true to the inspirational vision
of Catherine Gurney, who founded the Christian Police Association in 1883, as we
continue to be a national voice for Christians in Policing.


2018 was a period of change and growth. Our charity operates across the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom and we continue to work closely with other locations to help set up further CPA branches. I trust this annual report will give you valuable insight into some of the work we do.


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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