This page houses general news about the organisation including the various media articles related to the JPA. We make regular use of Twitter, as a priority to writing general news so please do follow us @JewishPoliceAs

Met remembers victims of the Holocaust January 27, 2014 Met remembers victims of the Holocaust

Celebrating Chanukah December 4, 2013 Celebrating Chanukah

JPA Chair stands down from the post June 11, 2013 The outgoing Chair of the Jewish Police Association (JPA), Chief Inspector Mat Shaer, has expressed his regret at having to step down as Chair. In his tenure since 2008, the JPA has rapidly expanded both in terms of membership and influence. At the core of his tenure, Mat committed the JPA to providing an exceptional ...

Mat Shaer re-elected JPA Chair, new exciting programme of JPA events May 9, 2013 Mat Shaer re-elected JPA Chair, new exciting programme of JPA events

JPA hosts HMD event with Chief Rabbi Elect January 28, 2013 JPA hosts HMD event with Chief Rabbi Elect

JPA Joins Twitter January 6, 2013 The JPA has decided to join the social media revolution, albeit slightly later on in the day than some! We look forward to you joining us on there. Follow us @JewishPoliceAs.

JPA Chair honoured by local group December 20, 2012 The Chair of the Jewish Police Assoication, Mathew Shaer, was presented on 20th December 20111, with a presentation plaque by local group, Shomrim North West Community Patrol. The plaque was presented in front of an audience that included the local Borogh Commander, Chief Superintendant Neil Seabridge, Hendon MP, Matthew Offord, Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike ...

Busy Chanukah for JPA December 18, 2012 On three consecutive evenings last week, the Jewish Police Association was involved in annual Chanukah events. The first, organised by the Jewish Police Association (JPA) on Tuesday 11 December went right to the top, when it was attended both by the Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Lord Jonathan Sacks, ...

Top Bobbies Learn About Shomrim November 29, 2012

JPA nominee receives lifetime achievement award November 22, 2012 The tireless and dedicated work of Chief Officer Lorraine Woolley led the Jewish Police Association to nominate her for a British Association of Women in Policing award. She was honoured with a lifetime achievement accolade. Chief Officer Lorraine Woolley (picutred below on the right receiving her award), from the Met Special Constabulary, was praised by the ...

JPA members participate in Mitzvah Day and AJEX Parade November 18, 2012 Jewish Police Association members braved the cold to hold a food drive outside Tesco in Brent Street, Hendon as part of Mitzvah Day. Shoppers were encouraged to add an extra item to their basket, to be donated for distribution to local people in need. Six bins of food and toiletries were collected, including 50 packets ...

JPA Chair honoured September 13, 2012 The Jewish Police Association Chair, Mathew Shaer, was honoured by Stamford Hill voluntary organisation, Chaverim. At a highly enjoyable evening event, the Chaverim Committee presented Mathew with a plaque as an expression of their, “Sincere appreciation for all the support and guidance for Chaverim Emergency Services.” In the course of his acceptance speech, Mathew paid tribute to ...

JPA supports memorial service to Munich Olympic victims July 23, 2012 Two representatives of the Jewish Police Association were honoured to support a memorial ceremony held in the Olympic Borough of Hackney to the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre. Distinguished guests at the event included Eric Pickles MP (Secretary of State for Communities), Boris Johnson (Mayor of London), and a representative of the Israeli ...

JPA helps Met Police to win national award July 19, 2012 The Jewish Police Association has been named as one of the principle contributors to have helped the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) win the Overall Public Sector Winner in the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) Awards 2012 for improving workforce representation and the participation of diverse communities. Trevor Phillips OBE, the outgoing Chair of the ...

JPA supports Holocaust talk at Scotland Yard June 27, 2012 Mrs Olga Hoffman, a Holocaust survivor aged 88, talked about her life and experiences in Auschwitz to Police Officers, staff and guests at New Scotland Yard on Wednesday 27 June. The audience of over 100 people was deeply affected by her direct testimony about her early life in Hungary, the rise of antisemitism, the move ...

JPA shortlisted for prestigious equality and diversity award June 1, 2012 We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in one category of the prestigious national enei awards 2012. Enei Awards 2012: celebrating success; inspiring others The enei Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of organisations that have taken a lead in challenging discrimination. Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) incorporates ...

JPA launches major recruitment campaign with Commissioner May 3, 2012 Britain’s top policeman this week urged community members to consider a career in the force as a major campaign was launched to recruit a volunteer constable from every synagogue in London. The Jewish Police Association – which has 200 members in the capital – will in the coming weeks contact shuls and schools as part of ...

JPA Social Networking Event Success February 7, 2012 On the 7th February 2012, the Jewish Police Association ran another in its successful series of social networking events at The Grand Rolph Hall venue, City of London Police Headquarters. The 80 guests included representatives from the JPA membership, the City of London Police, the Armed Forces Jewish Community, the Association of Anglo-Jewish Ex-Servicemen (AJEX) ...

JPA Host HMD Event January 31, 2012 THE Metropolitan Police Service and the Jewish Police Association commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January with an event at Simpson Hall, Hendon. Well over a hundred staff, officers and guests attended. Six candles in memory of the six million were lit by guests including the heads of the Christian, Catholic, Sikh, Muslim and Hindu Police ...

Praise for JPA December 29, 2011 The Met’s Acting Deputy Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has paid glowing tribute to the Jewish Police Association’s work since its formation a decade ago. Speaking to the Jewish News at the JPA’s largest ever Chanukah celebration at Scotland Yard, she said, “It’s done some fantastic work in helping to recruit from the Jewish communities more effectively. We ...

JPA supports Mitzvah Day November 20, 2011 The Jewish Police Association supported Mitzvah Day on November 20th by asking shoppers in Golders Green to buy an extra item and donate it for local homeless people. The team (left to right) OHN Anna Levi, MO Sara Levene and TPCSO Alan Vimmer collected nearly 100 items. Mitzvah Day is a Jewish community initiative which encourages ...

JPA attends community event October 16, 2011 The JPA were delighted to be part of the emergency service team that supported the Jewish communities of North London at their Sukkot festival fun fair. The event, held in Barnet, attracted over 6000 community members over the three days who were treated to an amazing variety of rides and attractions. Additionally, all three emergency services ...

Life on the beat June 23, 2011 Sergeant Michael Loebenberg says that being a Jewish police officer in Stamford Hill has its advantages and challenges. “It’s obviously not a traditional job for Jewish people,” said the 28-year-old United Synagogue member. “My family were concerned about antisemitism. There is a perception that large bodies like the police service have an element of antisemitism within ...

JPA Chair delighted to attend Jewish Care event May 26, 2011 The JPA Chair, Mathew Shaer, was delighted and honoured to attend a Jewish Care event held at the Metropolitan Police Peel Centre in Hendon. The event was a Celebration of Success Staff Awards Ceremony to recognise and pay tribute to its entire staff for their immense work and dedication. Over 200 people attended the celebration. The event ...

JPA AGM news May 16, 2011 A lively JPA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at the world famous New Scotland Yard. The out-going Chair, Mathew Shaer, gave a full and frank account of the previous 12 months that had witnessed significant JPA progress and development. Highlights included a JPA designed and funded personal and professional development programme ...

JPA Founder is honoured by Met February 10, 2011 A beauty therapist turned police officer has received a Metropolitan Police commendation for ideas she developed to help reduce crime in nightclubs. Jo Poole, 57, who has spent 17 years on the force, was presented with the award on Monday. “It means a lot to be recognised for your work,” she said. “I’m most proud of instigating ...

JPA hosts 2011 Holocaust Memorial Day event January 31, 2011 The Metropolitan Police Service and the Jewish Police Association commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at the Police Training Centre in Hendon. Over a hundred staff, officers and guests attended. Six candles in memory of the six million were lit by guests including the Mayor of Barnet, Anthony Finn, and the heads of the Muslim, ...

JPA encourages the ‘Big Society’ debate January 20, 2011

JPA celebrates Chanukah in style December 8, 2010 The JPA annual Chanukah event attracted a large crowd of members, senior police officers and invited guests to Scotland Yard. All those that attended were treated to a fine display of food, drink and klezmer music set in one of the world’s most iconic buildings. The candle lighting was conducted by JPA Chaplain, Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler ...

JPA plays role in search for Stamford Hill resident November 30, 2010 Following a missing person alert to the Stamford Hill Search and Rescue Shomrim on the afternoon of Friday 26th November from anxious family members of an elderly male suffering from dementia, Police and Stamford Hill Shomrim units were hastily alerted in order to coordinate a search. The widespread search of the surrounding area continued throughout ...

JPA hosts faith awareness event November 23, 2010 The Jewish Police Association (JPA) welcomed over sixty people on Wednesday evening (17th November 2010) to a faith awareness event at the beautiful New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place in Bayswater. Attendees included Police Officers and staff from many London Boroughs, central units and adjacent forces. The evening comprised of four seminars about Jewish ...

Association prizes personal development July 16, 2010 Fears that they may have to work on religious days mean some officers and staff get stuck in their roles, the Jewish Police Association has said this week. Mat Shaer, Chairman of the Association, told Police Review there is a continuing argument about the ‘value’ the police service gets out of personal development programmes but they ...

Bus safety initiative June 17, 2010 The Jewish Police Association (JPA) has organised training sessions with safer transport teams to tackle safety concerns of Jews travelling through Finsbury Park by bus. JPA chairman Mat Shaer said the sessions had been organised in the light of fears about anti-Semitic attacks. “There have been some issues in Finsbury Park because there is no direct link ...

First PALP course for Jewish officers and staff February 8, 2010 Fifteen Jewish officers and staff from the Met, Greater Manchester Police, West Yorkshire Police and NPIA – representing five percent of all Jewish police staff – will attend the Positive Action Leadership Programme at the NPIA’s Bramshill site from 9 to 12 Feb. The 4-day PALP is made up of eight modules looking at delegates’ values, ...

Commissioner attends event marking Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2010 Speaking at a special event marking Holocaust Memorial Day, the Commissioner said the police must all remember the victims of the past to prevent others from suffering hate crimes in the future. The event, which was organised by the Jewish Police Association, marked the internationally recognised day that remembers all those killed in the Holocaust and ...

No kosher cops in ethnic police project July 30, 2009 A pilot scheme to give ethnic victims of crime the right to ask for a police officer from their own community is unlikely to involve the Jewish community. The scheme is currently being tested by London’s Metropolitan Police with the Sikh and Punjabi community. The police is also encouraging its staff associations — which represent minority ...

Shalom, shalom, shalom: Coker wants Jewish cops March 12, 2009 Police minister Vernon Coker has thrown out a challenge to recruit more members of the Jewish community into police forces across the country. He told a reception in London on Monday night of senior police officers and civil staff from all over the country: “I will work hard with the Jewish Police Association to ensure that ...

Police are out in force for HMD events January 29, 2009 Communities Secretary Hazel Blears told a gathering of senior policemen and community leaders at Western Marble Arch Synagogue of her delight at the wide range of age and backgrounds of those involved in HMD activities. Organised in conjunction with the Association of Police Authorities, the get-together was the latest arranged by the APA to raise awareness ...

New Chair Elected by Jewish Police Association April 16, 2008 Mathew Shaer (Mat) transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2003 after 10 years service with Thames Valley. Originally from East London, Mat now works as an Inspector on Westminster Borough in charge of Criminal Justice and Case Progression units. Prior to promotion Mat worked on the elite Met Murder Squad. He was elected Chair of ...

Encounter Conference 2005 at Jewish Free School December 11, 2005 Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks (centre left) speaks with JPA members. The JPA attended Encounter 2005 at JFS on Sunday 11th December. Representing the JPA were Danny Phillips, Peter Russell MBE, Anthony Woolfson, Steve Birley and Simeon Damdar.

Sir Ian Joins Jewish Police Celebration December 17, 2004 Jewish Police Association members celebrated the festival of Chanukah (Festival of light) at New Scotland Yard. Deputy Commissioner Sir Ian Blair was among the guests and lit a candle on the menorah (candelabra, above). Rabbis Alan Plancey, of Borehamwood Synagogue, and Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, were also there. Jewish Police Association secretary Danny Phillips said ...

Multi-ethnic Police a Force Against Terror December 17, 2004 Metropolitan Police Commissioner-elect Sir Ian Blair has told Jewish officers that ethnic minorities working together in the force will help defeat the forces of violence. Addressing the Jewish Police Association Chanukah party at Scotland Yard, he voiced “great respect” for the JPA founders. Commenting on his own new role, he said: “The challenge is the extraordinarily difficult ...

Diversity will Beat Terrorism December 17, 2004 Britain’s incoming top cop has spoken of the challenges facing the country in trying to tackle terrorism. Addressing Jewish police officers and community leaders at the force’s annual Chanukah party, Sir Ian Blair said London’s religious diversity created an atmosphere of tolerance that would help combat extremists. Blair, 51, who will become commissioner of the Met in ...

JPA Attendance at 2004 Events January 18, 2004 The JPA participated as exhibitors at two of the largest public Jewish events of the Year. Go Israel took place at Alexandra Palace, and Encounter 2004 was at Wembley Conference. Both events were very well attended.

Stevens: Jews Most Persecuted December 23, 2003 The Jewish people are the most persecuted community in history, according to London’s top cop. The dramatic claim came during Sir John Stevens’ address to the Jewish Police Association’s Chanukah party yesterday, in which he also reiterated the importance of the Community Security Trust’s work. “The Jewish community has been the most persecuted community the world has ...

The Met and CST join forces: Leaflet explains how to report anti-Semitic crime December 23, 2003 The first joint venture by the Community Security Trust and the Metropolitan Police is a step-by-step guide on how to report anti-Semitic crime. The leaflet, illustrated by a wall daubed by swastikas and the works “die scum” and “C18” folds down into the size of a credit card. It contains information needed by a victim of ...

The Jewish Police Association July 12, 2002 If a Jewish Police Association sounds to you like a contradiction in terms, read on – you might have missed the shidduch at New Scotland Yard. Few of us could have predicted, almost a decade ago, that the racist murder of a promising young black teenager in Eltham would hold any significance for the Jewish community. ...

Commissioner salutes launch of Jewish Police Association January 18, 2002 The Commissioner expressed his wholehearted support for the newly formed MPS Jewish Police Association – the first in the British Police Service – when he met with members. The aim of this non-political organisation is to offer support and advice to Jewish staff and to promote understanding of the Jewish faith. It will act as a source ...

Met Commissioner lobbies for more Jewish bobbies December 28, 2001 Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens has issued a personal appeal for more Jews to join the force and its civil staff. After a meeting with representatives of the Met’s nascent Jewish Police Association, Sir John voiced “delight” at its establishment. “The Met enjoys a very positive relationship with the Jewish community, and the Jewish Police ...