The Christian Police Association was formed in 1883 by Catherine Gurney OBE, who also helped set up police convalescent homes and orphanages around the UK.
It aims to encourage and support Christian police officers and staff in their work and witness. It does not seek to be a substitute for a church or a staff association, but to complement them.
There are branches in the majority of police forces throughout the UK, and there are links with similar Christian Police fellowships around the world. The CPA is a registered charity and relies on voluntary giving. We are open to all ranks and staff grades, and are well represented at each level.
The CPA has a defined Purpose, Mission and Vision with strategies to reach these goals.
A National Council of CPA meets quarterly to develop these strategies. Our Leicestershire branch:
- Usually meets every few months to provide opportunity for fellowship and support.
- Supports colleagues in prayer using email messages in times of particular need.
- Publishes a newsletter every three months and maintains a website.
- Provides outreach magazines to people in custody.
- Places Family Resource Boards in police stations to support colleagues.
- Assists with the recruitment, retention and progression of Christian Police Officers and Staff.
- Is part of the Leicestershire Police Equality Board.
- Offers support in grievance and discipline matters, and promotes the Equality Support Scheme.
- Assists in the relationship between Leicestershire Police and the Christian community in Leicestershire, and supports various community initiatives under the CoAct initiative.
Check out our website at www.cpauk.net/ to find out more.