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Who is the International Police Association

What does the IPA want?

  • The primary objective of the IPA is to promote friendly relations and mutual help and understanding between police officers at home and abroad.
  • International police cooperation is to be promoted through exchanges of experience and public relations work is to have a positive influence on the image of the police and the relationship between citizens and police.
  • The aim is to draw attention to current socio-political issues and provide answers to questions in the field of tension between deficits between personal freedom and state control. In addition, a contribution to international understanding is to be made.
  • To promote and support the exchange of experiences in the police field in order to facilitate international police cooperation.
  • Expand the knowledge of its members and understand the problems of others through study trips and meetings.
  • To be active and helpful in the social field within the limits of their possibilities.
  • To promote mutual tolerance and to contribute to a better understanding between peoples and to the safeguarding of peace in the world.

What does the IPA offer?

  • A broad educational program through seminars at the International Information and Education Center (IBZ) Schloss Gimborn with grants for participating IPA members.
  • Local, regional and international educational and encounter events on all five continents.
  • To promote and supplement continuing vocational training Scholarships for police study stays abroad.
  • Police-related study and educational trips to distant countries.
  • An annual international youth meeting in another part of the world for young IPA members and daughters and sons of IPA members.
  • International youth seminars at the IBZ Castle Gimborn.
  • Cheap holiday stays and accommodation in recognised IPA houses at home and abroad.
  • Varied information through local and regional newsletters and national IPA magazines.
  • Assistance for police officers and their family members at home and abroad, if they have got into an extraordinary and inevitable emergency situation through no fault of their own.
  • Opportunities to get to know police institutions at home and abroad and to exchange experiences with colleagues, regardless of nationality, rank or branch of service.
  • In many countries, in addition to regional newsletters, national IPA journals are published and newsletters are published and distributed on the Internet.

Benefits of the IPA?

  • The motto of the IPA is written in Esperanto and is SERVO PER AMIKECO, which in German means "IN FREUNDSCHAFT DIENEN".
  • The members of the association have thus set themselves the goal of serving in friendship, no more, but also no less. The association is for the members primarily only of idealistic use.
  • It brings no financial advantages and no material benefit, let alone any privileges, if one is with the IPA. IPA members must identify with the motto of the association.
  • IPA members create professional connections on a private basis. This broadens the intellectual horizon of the individual and helps not least in better and more humane coping with the hard work of the executive officer.

So the question should not be "What good is the IPA for me?
"How can I be useful in the IPA?"