The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart has presented a giant thank you card to officers at West Midlands Police following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
Some 40 signatures were gathered at a vigil held at Birmingham Cathedral on Monday evening and the card was presented to Deputy Chief Constable Alex Murray on Tuesday afternoon.
On Sunday evening, following the terrorist attack on London Bridge, Bishop David spent time thanking police officers working in Birmingham City Centre and giving out thank-you cards to those on duty.
Bishop David 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 that 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 their 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.”
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.”
As well as the giant card, Bishop David left around 30 signed cards for the Assistant Chief Constable to distribute to officers who have been affected by the recent terror attacks.
Signatories on the card include the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood, the Leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy, the Chief Executive of the City Council, Stella Manzie and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.