Bishop’s big vote of thanks for West Midlands Police terror response

The Bishop of Birmingham has said a big thank you to West Midlands Police in recognition of the force’s efforts to reassure the public following the recent terror attacks.

Rt Revd David Urquhart visited WMP headquarters in Lloyd House yesterday (June 6) to personally hand deliver a giant thank you card signed by people who gathered at a Birmingham Cathedral vigil on Monday to remember those killed at London Bridge.

Bishop David – who spent time in Birmingham city centre on Sunday night expressing his gratitude to officers on duty – said: “While some of us can run away from danger, members of the emergency services run towards danger in order to keep us safe.

“It is a difficult and dangerous time for the police and I am aware many officers are working long hours with very little leave. Their work can go unnoticed and we may take it for granted but these people make a vital contribution to our security and wellbeing.

“The swift reactions of the police and their vigilant presence gives us confidence in these difficult times. Knowing someone is prepared to put themselves into danger to keep me safe makes me feel both humble and grateful.

“Jesus said that no-one had greater love than those who are prepared to lay down their life for the friends… and this is what members of the emergency service face day by day, putting their life on the line for the sake of fellow citizens.”

Signatories on the card include West Midlands Mayor Andy Street; Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood; Birmingham City Council Leader John Clancy, and City Council Chief Executive Stella Manzie.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Bishop David – I’ll ensure his kind words are circulated to all officers across the force.

“We’ve asked a lot of our officers in recent days in order to increase police presence at key sites and to offer around the clock reassurance. I’m immensely proud of our officers; they’ve risen to the challenge brilliantly and made sacrifices to keep the public safe.

“The support we’ve had from members of the public – both in person with people thanking officers in the street and positive comments on social media – have been a real boost to everyone at West Midlands Police.”

Bishop David also handed over 40 individual cards, signed personally with a handwritten verse inside, which will be distributed to randomly selected officers.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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