The Association was formed by a police sergeant, Arthur Troop, an english sergeant of the Lincolshire police on 1 January 1950.
With the help of early pioneers he worked untiringly to encourage the founding of other national Sections. From small beginnings the IPA message quickly took hold and the formation of new Sections throughout the World became rapid. Soon there were sections in the majority of 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 he stood down in 1966 for personal reasons.
Following Arthur Troop's achievement in creating what was to become the Worlds largest police organisation, there was change in the Authorities' view towards the International Police Association. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1965 Arthur Troop was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work in founding the IPA. He was later to receive many high awards from abroad. These included: an Honorary Doctorate from Canada; the Cross of Honour from the President of the Republic of Austria; and following the unveiling of the Arthur Troop statue on the great Plain of Hungary in 1998, he was presented with the "Golden Sword of Hungary" by the State.
On retiring from the police service in 1966, Arthur Troop's desire to help others continued. He took up another career with the Lincolnshire Social Service Department, as a Home Visitor for the Blind and again achieved National recognition for his charity work in providing Guide Dogs. Even during his illness Arthur, with his wife Marjorie, continued to run the Stamford Blind Club.
Political changes in Eastern Europe became the catalyst for further increased growth and development within the Association. As an ex-officio member of the Permanent Executive Bureau (International Committee), Arthur regularly attended International meetings, where his advice was heeded and respected. At the XIth World Congress in 1985, he became the first recipient of the Association's Gold Medal. At the 26th IEC Conference in Vienna, in 1995, Arthur was awarded the IPA World Police Prize.
In spite of his serious ill-health Arthur prepared himself for the Associations 5oth Anniversary World Congress, held in Bournemouth during May 2000. Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, in the opening ceremony paid tribute to "... the man from Lincolnshire, for ruthlessly pursuing the arduous task of establishing the International Police Association by Service through Friendship." Her Royal Highness went on to say "... Arthur Troop came through much adversity, isolation and disinterest from further up the ladder than we can ever realize."
On 22nd June 2000, Arthur and Marjorie celebrated their 6oth Wedding Anniversary. Sadly, following a long illness, Arthur passed away in his sleep during the afternoon of Thursday 30th November 2000. Arthur was an ordinary British policeman with a dream who achieved his goals by founding the world's largest police organisation.
Membership of the IPA is nearly 310.000. National Sections exist in 58 countries throughout the World. We have witnessed the steady growth of what has become the undisputed major police organisation in the World, both in numerical strength and influence.
Arthur Troop's fundamental ideas still remain today.
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