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On Friday 5th April 2018 the Metropolitan Police Service Greek & Cypriot Association (MPS GCA) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) & celebrated their 20th Anniversary at the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in London.

The event was attended by the host himself, High Commissioner, Euripides Evriviades; Chief of Cyprus Police, Zacharias Chrysostomou; co-founder of the association, Peter Savvas; MPS Commander, Mark McEwan; along with current & former members of the association and significant members of the community.

The day included speeches from these special guests, a look back at the history & achievements of the MPS GCA, a delivery of what they have planned going forwards and recognition of the contributions from their members & the community.

The MPS GCA was formed in 1999 under the original ‘Greek Staff’ Association title in order to attract, retain & develop Greeks & Cypriots to the police service. They changed their name to the current form to better reflect their representation and their objectives, which now focuses on the community as well as staff.

Over the years, they have assisted many high profile investigations, including the murder of British Army Officer, Stephen Saunders, in Greece; the rape & murder of Yiannoulla Yianni in London and; most recently, the terrorist attacks in Westminster.

They have provided support & training to the Hellenic & Cyprus Police forces, and assisted policing operations of sporting events such as the Olympic Games in Athens, Euroleague basketball ties and UEFA Champions League & Europa League matches.

The association has assisted with Cypriot Presidential visits to the U.K., facilitated the Rally for Cyprus through London & supported a number of Greek Orthodox Churches throughout Easter services & processions.

The MPS GCA reach out to the community through their very own radio program, Police Beat, on London Greek Radio (LGR) and are present at the Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo year in year out.

Guests heard the MPS GCAs five year plan to increase their membership so they can support the community more. In order to do this, they are forming legally binding relationships with Greek & Cypriot businesses who can offer discounts to members as an incentive to join the association. In turn, the MPS GCA promote the sponsor through their website, social media & other material to raise their profile.

In the near future, the association will be implementing their Community Engagement Program (CEP), which aims to form and maintain communication channels with significant leads of ‘WEBS’ (places of Worship, Education, Business & Social).

The meeting concluded with a number of awards. Vice Secretary, Kyri Georgiou, was presented the Phedias Soteriou Award for her services to the association over the last 12 months. The Peter Savvas Award was given to Special Constable, Peter Josif, for his hard work & dedication in running a business, volunteering & supporting the MPS GCA.

For the first time, the association revealed their Community Award, and two were given out on the day. The first to High Commissioner, Euripides Evriviades, and the second to Managing Director of the Parikiaki, Bambos Charalambous, for their efforts in bringing the community together with the MPS GCA at the forefront.

The associations official sponsors were presented certificates in recognition of their support including the Parikiaki, LGR & Archway Sheet Metal Works.

Chairperson of the MPS GCA, Tom Haji-Savva said “It makes me immensely proud to be leading the association through its 20th Anniversary. We have come a long way from when we were formed and continue to grow & improve. The MPS GCA have always been part of the community and we strive to keep strengthening our ties. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that attended and everyone that has & continues to support our association”.

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