International Police Association

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A 2016 stamp sheet of Romania dedicated to the 66th anniversary of IPA and to Arthur Troop
Gimborn Castle in Germany, Educational Centre

The International Police Association (IPA) is the largest organisation for police officers in the world, founded by British sergeant Arthur Troop (1914–2000). The association has 72 national sections and over 360,000 members and associate members.

Organizational structure and goals[edit]

The International Police Association was founded on 1 January 1950 under the Esperanto motto on its emblem, Servo per Amikeco (Service through Friendship), to create friendly links and encourage cooperation between individual police officers around the world. It organizes participation in international, national and local professional, cultural and social events and offers opportunities for professional development in its educational facility, IBZ Gimborn (Germany) www.ibz-gimborn.de, with funding for individual members through the Arthur Troop Scholarship. It also offers exchange of best practice and topics faced by the police in today’s world by attending World Seminars, in particular for young police officers and professional Police exchange programmes, emergency aid for disasters, coordinated by the International Social Commission and accommodation opportunities in more than 70 IPA Houses established in more than 20 countries. The IPA organises the International Youth Gatherings for children of IPA members aged 16–17 in a different country each year. The IPA has 3 international commissions, each chaired by a member of the International Executive Board and with members from various countries around the world. The External Relations Commission provides liaison officers at various UN, European and American organisations. The Socio - Cultural Commission looks after cultural events and competitions, runs the International Youth Gathering amongst its tasks. It is also responsible for IPA houses and coordinates social and sporting events. The Professional Commission runs the International Development and Learning Exchange Programme, the Arthur Troop Scholarship, Young Officers' Seminars and carries out professional surveys. The Treasurer Social organises emergency and humanitarian aid to members following natural disasters. The offices of the International Administration Centre (IAC) are in Arthur Troop House, in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham. www.ipa-international.org .

History[edit]

The IPA – the largest police organisation in the World – was founded on 1 January 1950. Since that time, its Esperanto motto "Servo per Amikeco" (Service through Friendship) has reached more people than could have been imagined. After the Cold War, several former socialist countries joined the association. For example, the first in 1991 was Hungary. The first member of this was Mr. Sándor Opál, Lieutenant Colonel and Candidate of Military Sciences. The serial number of his association's membership is: H 001.351.

The association was formed because a police sergeant from Lincolnshire, England, Arthur Troop, wanted to create a channel for friendship and international co-operation amongst police officers. With the help of early pioneers he helped to found other national sections in Western Europe, Africa, America (north and south), Asia and Australasia. In 1955, at the first International Executive Committee meeting in Paris, he became the first international secretary general, a post he held until 1966.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1965, Arthur Troop was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work in founding the IPA. At the 26th IEC Conference in Vienna, in 1995, he was awarded the IPA World Police Prize. The association's 50th Anniversary World Congress was held in Bournemouth in May 2000.

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