On and Off Duty

BAWP is the only national organisation to embrace women of all ranks and grades within the Police Service. Their mission is to ensure that those women are heard and work toward gender equity in policing.
The Association was founded in 1987, and is the only organisation in the UK to draw members from all ranks and grades of the police service, both male and female, and associated organisations.

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We are so grateful to everyone across the UK who took part in National Day of Prayer for the Police (NDPP) on 10th May.

Across the UK, the CPA took part in a 24 hour prayer vigil, where CPA members, friends and community partners joined together to pray for the police. In addition, there was extensive social media coverage across the whole 24 hour period. Over 50,000 people engaged with NDPP through Facebook and Twitter during the event.


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We are so grateful to Christian Police Association Northern Ireland (CPANI) for hosting this year’s conference which was held in the beautiful coastal town of Portrush from 20th to 22nd April. Delegates from across the United Kingdom were joined by a team from the International Christian Police Fellowship. Interest in this year’s conference was so high that that the main conference venue was fully booked and numerous other local hospitality lodgings provided additional delegate accommodation.


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The term ‘Hero’ can be defi ned as ‘A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and in the opinion of others has special abilities or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal’. (extended from

In its true sense it is rightfully applied to those who, in the face of overwhelming odds, chose to act with courage and extreme fortitude with a conscious disregard for their own wellbeing; and others not only admire those actions but also to ask ‘how’ and ‘why’.


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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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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 2018. I continued to be inspired by the Mission and Vision of Catherine Gurney, who founded the Christian Police Association in 1883. The enthusiasm and energy of our nationwide network of volunteer leaders, trustees, CPA members, friends and community partners is amazing! This network covers the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom. Our volunteers are supported by a small paid team, and we all work tirelessly to progress the mission and vision of the CPA. Together, we continue to encourage and support our members nationwide.


2017 was a period of sustained and exciting growth for our charity in both numbers of branches and members. We are so blessed that our charity operates across the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom and 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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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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