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The IPA is ...

The independent association of police officers, irrespective of rank, gender, race, skin color, language or religion. The association may include active or retired members of the police service. She is politically, trade union, and religiously neutral. Arthur Troop, an English police sergeant, founded her at the 1. January 1950 under the central theme written in Esperanto: "Servo per Amikeco" - "Serving through Friendship" In 1953, the idea was adopted in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. 1955 sections were founded in Germany and Switzerland.

The IPA is the world's largest association of police officers with some 400'000 members currently in 63 countries.

Because of its purpose and goals, the IPA has been since the 25. July 1977 at the Council of Europe and since the 26. July 1995 registered with the United Nations with consultative status in the list of non-governmental international organizations.

She has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

The IPA wants ...

To promote friendly and cultural relationships, the general knowledge and the professional exchange of experience of its members, as well as to promote mutual assistance in the social field and to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of peoples and thus to world peace. This means:

  • Conducting national and international professional and cultural events
  • Organization, tour and travel as well as study visits
  • Youth exchange and offer of youth seminars
  • Support of cultural and social institutions
  • Promote inter-state links among IPA members

The IPA offers ...

A wide range of education in your own, international Information and Education Center (IBZ) Schloss Gimborn in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with financial subsidies for IPA members. Promotion of professional study visits as well as travel and holidays abroad. Many sections can even offer low-cost IPA homes and IPA homes. Sons and daughters of IPA members have the opportunity to participate in the annual international World Youth Meetings. IPA members have the opportunity to visit police forces at home and abroad as well as exchange experiences with professional colleagues. The IPA helps police officers and their family members if they are in dire straits without being responsible.

The goals of the IPA ...

It is committed to upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as proclaimed by the United Nations, and promoting cultural relations, the general knowledge and professional exchanges of its members, and mutual assistance in the social field and within its means of peaceful development Contribute to each other's peoples and to the maintenance of world peace. To achieve these goals she wants: 

  • promote personal encounters through the exchange of people and groups of people, through group travel and through the initiation of correspondence
    • Strengthen respect for the law and the maintenance of order in the police service of all national sections
    • develop social and cultural activities and promote the professional exchange of experience
    • contribute to strengthening the reputation of the police in their sections and helping to improve the relationship between the police and the population
    • Promote tolerance through youth exchanges and international youth meetings and strengthen people's understanding of each other and the role of the police
    • regularly exchange publications between the national sections and inform the members about any interesting questions thanks to an information service for the national publications of the IPA
    • through friendly contacts among police officers from all continents, facilitating cooperation across borders, and increasing understanding of professional issues.

    Arthur Troop ...

    (*15. December 1914 in Lincoln; † 30. November 2000 ibid) was an English police officer and founder of International Police Association.

    Thanks to the desire of Arthur Troop, an English sergeant of the Lincolnshire Police, to create an international network of friendship and cooperation between police officers, the club emerged in the year 1950.

    Arthur Troop was on 15. December 1914 was born in Lincoln, England, where he spent his childhood and went to school. He then started working as a mechanic, but quickly realized that he was interested in other things. He studied at Ruskin College, Oxford, with the aim of earning a degree in economics and social sciences. During this time he also studied Russian history for three years. In 1934 he received a scholarship to visit Moscow and Leningrad. This was followed by a two-year study of agriculture at Avoncroft Agricultural College at the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire.

    On the 19. June 1936 joined Arthur in the Lincolnshire Police, where he served in various departments; his specialty, however, was transportation. Shortly after the Second World War, Arthur set out on the enormous task of founding a World Friendship Organization for police officers. He has always built heavily on people talking to each other rather than fighting each other, always believing in the positive qualities of friendship. At the time, however, he was regarded as an eccentric and learned from the side of his police chief and the Interior Ministry, a considerable rejection.

    In the years 1948 and 1949 there were contacts with friendly policemen at home and abroad. 1949 was printed in the British Police Review an article under the pseudonym »Aytee«. After the overwhelming response, Arthur was convinced that he should continue. The IPA was on 1. January 1950 was founded under the theme in Esperanto "Servo per Amikeco" (service through friendship) and Arthur Troop became the first Secretary General of the British section.

    His idea of ​​unification to develop social, cultural and professional relationships among its members, regardless of rank, gender, race, color, language or religion, became a reality.

    With the help of some pioneers, he worked tirelessly to support the creation of other national sections. After the humble beginnings, the IPA motto quickly took hold and sections were established all over the world. Soon there were sections in most parts of Western Europe, Africa, Americas (North and South), Asia, and Australia and Oceania. 1955 became Arthur's first international Secretary-General at the first meeting of the International Executive Council in Paris, a post he held until 1966 when he resigned for personal reasons.

    Following Arthur Troop's efforts to create what would become the largest police organization in the world, authorities' views on the International Police Association changed. In the "Birthday Honors List" of the Queen of the Year 1965, Arthur Troop was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work in founding the IPA. Later he received many high honors from abroad. These included an honorary doctorate from Canada, the Cross of Honor of the President of the Austrian Republic, and after the unveiling of the Arthur Troop statue on the largest Hungarian plain in the year 1998, the state awarded him the "Golden Sword of Hungary".

    After he dropped 1966 from the police service, Arthur's desire to help others continued. He started another career at Lincolnshire Social Services as a caregiver who visits blind people at home, and in turn received nationwide recognition for his social involvement in providing guide dogs. Even during his illness, Arthur and his wife Marjorie continued to run the Stamford Blind Club.

    The political changes in Eastern Europe became the catalyst for further growth and new developments within the association. As an ex-officio member of the Public Executive Bureau, Arthur regularly attended international conferences where his advice was well received and respected. At the XI. World Congress in the year 1985, he was the first to receive the Association's Golden Medal.

    On the occasion of the 26th conference in Vienna in 1995, Arthur received the international IPA award from the police. Despite serious health problems, Arthur was determined to attend the IPA World Congress in Bournemouth in May 2000, as the 50th birthday of "his" association was being celebrated. At the opening ceremony, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne made a rousing homage “… the man of the size of a Lincoln, for his will and the conviction with which he pursued the great task of founding an International Police Association in the service of friendship. Arthur Troop encountered more hardship, loneliness and disinterest than you can ever imagine ». On Thursday afternoon, November 30, 2000, Arthur died in his sleep after a long illness. Arthur was an ordinary British police officer, driven by an extraordinary dream.

    Today the IPA has around 310 members. The national sections are distributed in 000 countries. We have contributed to the permanent development of what is probably the first police organization in the world.

    Arthur Troops thoughts have remained the driving force of the IPA to this day.

    Silver commemorative coin commemorating the founder of the IPA.

    International Police Association - IPA

    Servo via Amikeco



    IEB - International Executive Board

    The International Executive Board (IEB) are IPA members who are elected by delegates at the IPA World Congress for a period of four years.

    The IEB is responsible for the management of the Association for the implementation of the International Executive Council (IEC). The IEB has the power to act on behalf of the IEC in any matter-of-fact immediate action.

    Meetings of the IEB take place at least once a year to review the administration of the Association. These meetings are hosted by National IPA Sections.

    Whilst they are all members of the IPA, they are responsible for the duties of their own National Section and for the exclusive good of the Association.

    Martin HOFFMANN (A), Michael WALSCH (IE), Stephen CROCKARD (UK), Pierre-Martin MOULIN (CH), Kyriakos KARKALIS (GR), May-Britt RONNEBRO (S), Einar JONSSON (Iceland), Demetris DEMETRIOU (Cyprus )

    International President Pierre-Martin MOULIN

    The IEB is composed of:

    International President
    International Vice-President & Chairman of International Social Cultural Commission 
    International Secretary General
    Chairman International External Relationship Commission
    Chairman International Professional Commission
    Head of Administration
    International Treasurer Finance
    International Treasurer Social

    IEB members may be re-elected at a World Congress at the end of their four year term.

    Maintained by the IEB, Nottingham is the home of the International Administration Center. From here the staff liaise with the International Secretary General and the IEB as well as National Sections from all parts of the globe.