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How prayer can crack crime

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THE power of prayer has helped to catch criminals, increase detection rates and reduce the number of people killed on our roads, according to a senior Devon and Cornwall Police officer.

Inspector Roger Bartlett, a staff officer with 23 years' experience, said he was "convinced" that people's faith had a positive impact on policing. The committed Christian, part of the leadership team of the local Christian Policing Association (CPA), spoke out after a "dismissive" report of Home Office funding for CoAct, a national CPA project.

Insp Bartlett, 44, said he had seen "many direct answers to prayer in the workplace" from its positive impact on potentially violent incidents to reducing road deaths.

"For the past six years or so, I have reported to quarterly meetings of Christians from different churches in Barnstaple who want to pray for local policing issues," he said.

"I have seen a number of specific answers to their prayers – like the unprecedented Halloween night in the town when the police did not have to attend a single incident of disorder, or the prolific serial dwelling burglar who, after a significant series of offences, was apprehended in very unusual circumstances within three days of that group praying that he would trip up and be caught.

"In 2007, I asked the group to pray for the local detection rate, particularly in the Barnstaple sector, which was at about 26 per cent of total crime and one of the poorest in the force area and meant that justice, in too many cases, was not being done.
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