Police work a vocation, says chief
Sep 23 2012
Being a police officer is a "vocation" and "not just a job", according to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police days after two of his officers were murdered.
Sir Peter Fahy referred to the force as a "family" and expressed the importance of prayer after the "very, very dark day" on which Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, were killed.
The Chief Constable says a prayer vigil will take place for both his staff and the public one week on from the killings.
"Greater Manchester Police is a family and to have lost two colleagues this week in awful violent circumstances has just been devastating for the whole force and a very, very dark day.
"I think a lot of us feel passionately that policing is a vocation. It is a calling. I feel that in terms of my own faith but I know a lot of officers that don't have a faith, but feel exactly the same - that it is a vocation, that it's not just a job and I think that's almost what you go back to in difficult times and difficult circumstances that how unfair something may feel, how inadequate you may feel you do actually rely on that you're doing your best, and that this is your vocation," he said in an interview on BBC One's Songs of Praise.
Speaking about his Christian values and how much he values prayer, Sir Peter said: "The chance for me personally to be able to, every day, to have bit of quiet time, pray, think about your own values, your own sense of vocation, and to examine your own conscience I think is really, really important.
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