On and Off Duty
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)
The CPA currently has 41 Branches spread across the United Kingdom. It is thrilling to get regular reports of what God is doing in the Police Service and of the interaction of police, churches and Christian organisations. The following pages give a flavour of how God is blessing, but also of prayer needs and some of the challenges being faced. Some of our Branches are struggling, and so our hope is that you will read these reports thoughtfully and then commit all Christians working in the Police Service to your prayers.
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.