IPA Newsletter May 2020 - Word of Introduction

06 May 2020

Dear friends,

I don’t really know how to start my introduction at this precise moment in time. It is safe to say that we are living in strange times. My heart goes out to all those of you who are working on the frontline, and to your families and loved ones. The coronavirus pandemic presents us with a situation where we have to put our differences aside and fight this virus together, united as one.

It is a little difficult to focus on other things at the moment, however, we cannot stop our daily lives because of COVID-19, and we have to plough through.

Since you elected me as the chairperson of the External Relations Commission at the 64th IPA World Congress in Croatia, I have made every effort to get organised, and I now have a strong team of commission members who are helping me.

We truly hope that we can lift the ERC to a higher level. This might include some changes, but more on that at a later stage.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor for his work during the past term, as well as my commission members for their commitment and efforts already shown. I know that together we will go forward.

The current year, 2020, marks the 70th Anniversary of the IPA, when we should all be coming together to celebrate what Arthur Troop achieved for police officers from around the world: bringing us all together on an equal level. Although we might not be able to meet up as much as we would like to in person, we can all celebrate as one within our hearts and homes. Let’s not isolate ourselves. We are all in it together.

In times like these one has to look forward and hope for a brighter future, and I know that we will overcome the current crisis together.

I would like to quote one of my favourite football players ever, Pelé, and which I think is especially relevant now:

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

To you all and your loved ones, I bid adieu.

Servo per Amikeco,

Einar Guðberg Jónsson, Chairperson External Relations Commission