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Pastor tells Christians to pray for police 'consistently' as Met officers drop weapons

by Premier Journalist

A pastor working on community and police relations has urged churches to "pray consistently" for police forces rather than "waiting for a crisis".

The Met Police is drafting in armed officers from other UK forces - after dozens of its own staff refused to take on firearms duties.

It's following 300 armed Metropolitan police officers had turned in permits allowing them to carry weapons over the weekend after a colleague was charged with murder over the shooting of Chris Kaba in Streatham, London last September.

The army was put in stand-by, before enough officers agreed to return to duty.

Speaking to Premier, Pastor Nims Obunge, questioned the officers' decisions.

"I feel it's concerning that officers over 100 officers would drop their arms. I feel that they need to allow the process to work rather than prejudge the situation. It's concerning that we're asking potentially armed officers on our streets. Should that be to do with counter-terrorism cases, it's a concerning reality."

Obunge is the CEO of The Pace Alliance, which works nationally with churches, the Home Office and the Met in the fight against gun, knife and youth crime.

It also works with victims and families of victims of crime as well as young people to reduce crime in communities.

Obunge has urged Christians that the police need more prayer.

"I think churches should adopt, you know, a place where we're praying for police officers consistently, they carry a significant responsibility in keeping our city safe. Unfortunately, one of the young boys I buried three weeks ago was a boy I dedicated when he was months old. At the age of 18, he got shot here in Tottenham, and that was just a few weeks ago. So, we don't want officers not to carry guns in order to protect their community. But we do want where there is a sense of uncertainty and injustice. [On the Chris Kaba shooting] there should be a robust investigation and resolve that is right."

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