IPA Newsletter June 2022 - Word of introduction

03 Jun 2022

Dear Friends,


I would like to take this opportunity to draw a parallel between the early days of the IPA and the present situation. When the idea of launching our international association germinated in the mind of our founder Arthur Troop, the world was at the end of World War II, torn and bruised. Arthur’s dream - in addition to all the material and economic reconstruction that would need to be undertaken - was to reanimate the relationships and contacts between police officers worldwide, and to weave a “web of goodness”, through the values of service and friendship, where each member would spread the same values. It did not take long for his idea to succeed, and the IPA experienced growth, success and popularity.

Today, at the end of two years of Covid, which paralysed the entire planet and all its systems, we now have the opportunity and perhaps the duty, to go back to the drawing board and rekindle the flame of our association. The two years without events and international meetings (apart from video-conferences), without the DNA that defines the IPA, have been long and difficult.

It is worth mentioning that during the pandemic, as the borders were closing, a great surge of solidarity developed within our association, and all sections were keen to help and multiply their actions. This extraordinary commitment also enabled the IPA to emerge from Covid alive, and not too badly damaged. We are able to look forward to the near future in the same way as before, or we can envisage an even better time ahead of us.

This development can be seen by the resurgence of recent events that once again mark the international life of the IPA, such as the IPA Games that took place in Montenegro (masterfully organised - bravo to IPA Montenegro) or the IPA Folklore Festival in Cyprus (a colourful event - bravo to IPA Cyprus as well), to name but a few of the events that have been organised recently: anniversaries, conferences, friendship gatherings, and many more.

It is beautiful and reassuring to feel this IPA wind blowing freely throughout the world again, and I thank all sections and regions of our association for this awakening.

We need to see each other, to exchange, to laugh and to build together. Our friendship thrives on our members meeting in person.


Servo per Amikeco


Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA President