European Police Congress 2021: IPA represented by Section Germany, the IEB and Gimborn

27 Oct 2021

IEB Involvement

The 24th European Police Congress was held in Berlin, Germany on 14th and 15th September. The congress, as so many others, had been postponed twice due to the pandemic. Consequently, only 1/3 of the normal number of participants and exhibitors made a registration. Still, about 1,200 entered the Berlin Congress Center, BCC on the first morning. The organisers had ensured that the congress would be pandemic-safe; EU Covid certification, face masks and check-in via a Covid-19 app tracker plus support staff present in every seminar room. congress2

The congress theme was “Europe in crisis mode: Legitimacy - Leadership – Equipment”, and the IEB had been invited to represent from an international level. As Secretary General, I participated in the full congress programme which had large panel discussions, panel sessions and breakout seminars on the topic.

The panel discussion which the IPA was invited to join on the first day, examined “Policing during and after the crisis”. The impulse to this was given by Prof Dr Wilhelm Schmidbauer, who gave a basic presentation on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on policing in Germany.

This was followed by a panel discussion with Commissioner Luís Miguel Carrilho, UN Police Advisor, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Dr Daniela Lesmeister, Head of Police Section, Ministry for Home Affairs North Rhine-Westphalia, May-Britt Ronnebro, IPA Secretary General, and Calum Steel, 1st Vice President, European Confederation of Police, Secretary General, Scottish Police Federation.

Questions including democracy in demonstrations, increase of violence, expectations on police officers in crisis – pandemic or war zones, training, equipment and leadership were touched upon. These topics returned in many panel sessions and seminars during the two days.

Many new contacts were made, and we promoted the professional pillar of the IPA.

May-Britt Ronnebro, IEB Secretary General


IPA Germany and IBZ Gimborn presence

“The European Police Congress is an international congress for decision-makers from the police, security authorities and industry. The aim is to strengthen the dialogue between the authorities and to enable participants to make new contacts with colleagues from all over the world”, the organisers stated on their website.

It is a well-established tradition that the IPA German section also shows its colours at this important congress.

In addition to our joint information stand with IBZ Schloss Gimborn and our alliance partner Kinderschutzallianz (alliance for child protection), we also actively participated in the congress.

Whereas the IPA Secretary General of the IPA, May-Britt Ronnebro, discussed the topic of policing during and after the crisis in the in the main programme, our Vice President Oliver Hoffmann moderated the specialist forum of the “Future Police Officer” on the second day.


IPA Germany Secretary General Jürgen Glaub and President Horst W. Bichl were extremely pleased about the numerous visits and exchanges with German and international IPA members at our stand at the BCC Congress Center in Berlin.

Jürgen Glaub, Secretary General IPA Germany