Presentation and Celebration Marks Return of Christian Police Association

A bible reading and evening of celebration was held in Sheffield recently to mark the re-launch of theChristian Police Association (CPA) at South Yorkshire Police (SYP).

Members of the public joined South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, Chief Constable Stephen Watson, officers and police support staff at the Rock Christian Centre in Carlisle Street, where Dr Billings and the Chief were presented with specially commissioned South Yorkshire Police crested bibles by Mr Bill Thomas of the Gideons.

Sergeant Simon Kirkham of Rotherham local policing team delivered the reading to around 150 police officers, support staff and members of the public who enjoyed music from the
worship band.

Force Chaplain Reverend Alison Earl delivered a prayer to start the event and Dr Billings, who is a Reverend Canon with the Anglican Church, also addressed the audience.

Guido Ngandu, branch leader for the CPA in South Yorkshire said: "It was a wonderful way to mark the re-launch
of the Christian Police Association here at SYP.

"I'm delighted with the evening and the positive response to it, everyone appeared to enjoy the occasion and listening to our speakers.

"My thanks go to everyone who helped make it such a memorable evening. It was a great celebration of our
faith, a chance to catch up with a few old friends and make new ones."

Lee Russell, Executive Director of the CPA and Chief Constable Stephen Watson made short speeches to welcome
people to the event and endorse the local re-launch of the CPA.

Gideons International have printed 2,000 South Yorkshire Police crested new testament bibles, to be presented to police officers and staff at forthcoming CPA meetings and events.

*Mr Bill Thomas of the Gideons presents CC Stephen Watson with a commemorative bible.