The story so far
Since the MPS GCA was formed in 1999, we have assisted the MPS and our communities in many ways:
In 2000, our staff were deployed as Greek interpreters to assist the murder enquiry of a British Diplomat in Greece Between 2000-2004. We assisted with the training of officers in the Hellenic National Police, we provided support to the National Anti-Terrorist Branch in relation to training Officers in Greece and the UK and we were founder members of the MPS Staff Association Group (S.A.M.U.R.A.I.).
In 2001, we introduced a weekly Police programme on London Greek Radio called Crime News. That has since evolved into its current format “Police Beat” We assisted the MPS with its consultative forum regarding organisational change.
In 2002, we attended Recruitment Fairs in Leeds and Leicester.
In 2003, we assisted in the development of The Cultural and Communities Resource Unit and Greek speaking Family Liaison Officers were trained and deployed.
In 2004, we were deployed to Athens to assist with the Olympic Games.
In 2005, we delivered training to the British Sovereign Bases in Cyprus (SBA Police).
In 2006, we assisted the Foreign Commonwealth Office in delivering training to the Cyprus Police Academy in Nicosia and assisted the MPS with training content.
In 2007, we assisted with Greek residential visits and Borough Community Programmes in Chingford.
In 2008, we assisted the MPS by Policing Champions League matches involving Greek and Cypriot teams.
In 2009, we held a ten year celebration with the guest of honour being the President of Cyprus.
In 2010, we designed, developed and delivered the MPS Special Constable Custody Programme in Barnet and introduced our Faith & Community Programme.
In 2011, we reassured the communities during the riots in London and assisted the MPS with identification of numerous suspects coming from our communities. We also designed and delivered the Youth Sports Diversion Programme with Saracens Rugby Youth teams and Schools in Barnet and we introduced Modern Greek Language Lessons on behalf of the MPS
In 2012, we intercepted two imposters claiming to be Close Protection Officers for the Cypriot Presidents visit to the Cyprus Wine & Business Exhibition. We also released our new modernised logo along with our first ever range of merchandise.
In 2013, we improved our banking facilities and membership subscriptions. We assisted the policing operations at the Euroleague Finals (Basketball) involving teams from Greece and played an important role in the capture and conviction of two robbers who had targeted a Cypriot youth.
In 2014, we launched our new website to reach out to our wider communities and improve relationships with our members and partners.
In 2015, we introduced a new look Police Beat show on LGR. Airing on every second Tuesday of each month for one hour, this programme provides 400,000 listeners with latest news and appeals, recruitment information and includes exclusive interviews with VIPs.
In 2015/16, the Association was officially renamed as the Metropolitan Police Service Greek & Cypriot Association (MPS GCA) following a majority vote referendum. The new name sends a clear message about who we are; not just to support MPS officers and staff, but also our communities.
In 2016/17, we secured a new head office following the closure of Southgate Police Station, which had been our home for so many years. We are extremely proud to be the first of the 19 Staff Support Associations to secure an office away from MPS buildings and right in the heart of the community at the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood.
In 2017/18, we designed and began implementing our 5 year plan to assist with sustainable growth of the association. This began with building strong foundations through sponsorship agreements with Greek & Cypriot business to benefit the association or offer discounts to our members.
In 2018/19, we celebrated a historic landmark as we reached 20 years of existence. The associations history and achievements were showcased at the Cyprus High Commission, London, with VIP guests Chrysostomos Chrysostomou, Chief of Cyprus Police; the High Commissioner himself, Euripides Evriviades; and co-founder Peter Savvas.
In 2019/20, we held the first ever Orthodox Easter Celebrations at NSY with VIP guests, including key speaker, Archbishop Nikitas. We also conducted our AGM remotely during the coronavirus lockdown for the first time in the associations history.
In 2021 we held our AGM meeting on MS Teams for the second year running due to covid and restrictions
In May 2021 we re launched “Police Beat” monthly on LGR 103.3