First IPA International Management Academy

06 Aug 2022


From 25-29 May 2022, IPA Romania hosted the first and historic IPA international management academy.

The initiative for this academy came from the IPA sections of Romania and Israel. The reason to start such an academy was due to a lack of a professional platform that allows for the study and exchange of information on professional issues of IPA management.

During the World Congress, time is short, and so far, no room for in-depth professional discussions has been found. Every year there are instructive professional lectures on fascinating topics, but without any connection to the IPA. We consider that even at IBZ Gimborn, the education centre and IPA flagship, there is not a single international seminar dealing solely with the IPA.

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The purpose of this project is to hold a professional seminar once a year with the participation of members of the presidency and chairpersons of branches. In the first phase, the intention was to hold the first seminar of its kind in a limited way, because the main idea was that it could be carried out in an easy way and allow at the same time for all participants to be actively involved. Now, after the seminar has taken place, and after seeing the feedback of this project, we can say that in the future, several more national sections will be invited to join this project.

The seminar is coordinated by the chairperson of the Professional Commission Demetris Demetriou, and we believe that the IEB understands the purpose of this activity, but also the future benefits for all of us.

With regard to the seminar held in Sibiu, we can inform you that we had 45 participants from 6 sections: Romania, Israel, North Macedonia, Cyprus, and Germany, plus an observer from Bulgaria.

The first part was devoted to the presentation of each section, and everybody spoke about the situation in their own section or region, about the problems, the achievements, the needs for members and local IPA boards.

In the second part, a professional lecture on strategic planning in the IPA was given, and then the representatives were divided into discussion groups, with each group receiving a topic for discussion. Group leaders were determined, and the summaries were presented in the third plenum to all participants, and a general discussion was held with all participants.

The 4 topics were:

  • how to recruit young police officers, and how to encourage young police officers to become interested in activities;
  • how to keep veteran IPA members, how to keep in touch and integrate them into activities;
  • how to develop contacts with the Police Command at all levels, as well as relevant government ministries and similar organisations;
  • Ideas for contacting IPA sections around the world, collaborations, and international initiatives.

 

A meeting of branch chairpersons, members of the presidency and members engaged in IPA management allows mutual study, understanding issues in depth, without pressure and without pursuing a stressful schedule. Beyond the mutual study, it is very important to meet members from different sections.

All participants testified in their summary that although they had knowledge in everything related to IPA, now they knew much more, their motivation had increased, and connections had been formed that will contribute to tightening the ties and expanding the activities.

Next year, the circle of participants will be expanded, although we want to maintain a limited framework that allows for effective study and discussion.

In conclusion, we can say that it is very important to continue the professional projects related to police work, but it is at least as important to focus on our internal problems as an association, to make an in-depth analysis of the IPA system, to establish exactly where we want to reach, what problems we have and what the best ways are to achieve our goals. 

Mihai Tartareanu, President IPA Romania

Dr Eran Israel, Secretary General IPA Israel