IPA - the biggest Police Association in the world with more than 372,000 members

The International Police Association is a friendship organisation for members of the police force, whether in employment or retired, and without distinction as to rank, position, gender, race, language or religion. We have around 372,000 members in nearly 100 countries, of which 65 are affiliated National Sections, and we are represented on 6 continents.

Our motto is 'Servo per Amikeco' - Service Through Friendship'

We are a non-governmental organisation, and our aims are to create and strengthen bonds of friendship between members of the police service, promote international cooperation in social, cultural and professional fields, encourage peaceful co-existence between peoples and preservation of world peace, improve the public image of the police service and enhance recognition of the IPA by international bodies.

The IPA is committed to the principles as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations in 1948, and is in Consultative (Special) Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and also is in Consultative Status with the Organization of American States and UNESCO.

The history of the IPA

"Friendship has to be there or there will be no future for mankind" - Arthur Troop. The IPA was founded in 1950 by police sergeant Arthur Troop in the United Kingdom and has since evolved into the largest police association in the world.

History of the IPA

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International Executive Board - IEB

The International Executive Board (IEB) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the IPA. It's made up of eight IPA members who are elected by the membership at the World Congress and they serve for a 4-year term.

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International Administration Centre - IAC

The International Administration Centre (IAC) is the official office of the IPA, maintained by the International Executive Board and employing professional staff.

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IPA Commissions

The IPA Commissions are the supporting bodies of the International Executive Board (IEB). Within their working areas they develop and run projects based on the strategic plan of the IEB.

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National Sections

We have more than 372,000 members spanning 68 countries across the world. You can see a full list and find information on all of our Sections below

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Join the IPA

We welcome members of the police service, on active duty or retired. Our purpose is to create bonds of friendship and promote international co-operation.

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