Project Sword offers free bibles to Canadian peace officers
The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) is launching a new project in an effort to give “hope and help to peace officers managing the unique demands and rigors of the job.”
FCPO will be distributing free copies of Peacemakers, a pocket-sized book that contains books of the Christian bible, on July 3 at the Toronto Police Service (TPS) headquarters. The book, which includes the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, is designed to appeal to people working in law enforcement, it says. It includes pages of personal stories written by police officers and chaplains on topics such as suicide and substance abuse.
“Like many people, I draw on faith as part of my coping strategy in times of crisis,” says TPS Sgt. Jesse Weeks. “This book contains scriptures that are relevant for today’s policing environment and the personal articles written by police officers also resonate with me. I’m sure they will benefit many of my colleagues.”
FCPO is planning similar free offerings at other police services across Canada, as funding permits.
“I was a police officer with the TPS for 28 years and I wish I had such a book when I was serving,” says Dino Doria, who retired from policing in 2003 and is now the FCPO director for Ontario. “Modern police officers are well trained and equipped, but I believe they also need to tend to their personal mental and spiritual health.”
Visit www.fcpocanada.com to make a tax-deductible donation in support of Project Sword.