#MeetingattheSummit of Lower Silesian IPA members!

07 Nov 2020


summit2This initiative, started by the members of the IPA Lower Silesian Voivodship Group, is a creative and challenging way for all those IPA members who want to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Police Association. In the spirit of the motto “Servo per Amikeco” members are climbing the highest peak of the Sudetes mountain range in the beautiful Lower Silesia – Śnieżka.

Unfortunately, due to the prevailing pandemic, they cannot all meet together, therefore the ascent of 1602 metres above sea level is carried out individually, but as part of the larger intiative. Several dozen members of the Association have already stood on Śnieżka to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the IPA!

The view that stretches from the top of the Queen of the Sudetes is amazing. The whole world is literally below you. Lying at your feet you can see not only the mountain hut „Dom Śląski” and the „Równia pod Śnieżką” plateau, but most of all the picturesque Jelenia Góra Valley. It should be mentioned that Śnieżka can be capricious. It is not always possible to see these wonderful landscapes.

At times the summit is covered with clouds, it rains and a strong wind blows, and the only thing that can be seen is another pole showing where the trail leads. Nevertheless, dozens of Lower Silesian IPA members decided to celebrate 70 years of the Association, which brings together police officers from all over the world.

The pandemic does not give up, and we must take into account various restrictions  that prevent the typical, ceremonial celebration of such a  jubilee.

However, as shown by the members from Lower Silesia, there is always a way! The IPA Lower Silesian Voivodship Group planned to celebrate the jubilee of our organisation on the top of the highest mountain in Karkonosze and Sudetes Mountains – Śnieżka - „Meeting at the Summit”, to strengthen the friendship ties and integrate our members in the spirit of our Association’s motto „Servo per Amikeco”. As the coronavirus has significantly limited the possibilities of this type of undertaking, IPA members decided to slightly modify their previous plans.

The climbing of the peak takes place individually, and its aim is not only admiring the aforementioned beautiful views, but above all celebrating the Anniversary! But that’s not all! In order to commemorate this moment in time and to remember other IPA members, with whom it was impossible to meet this time, each hiker receives a special pin.

To obtain this memento, each hiker needs to climb to the height of 1602 m and document their achievement, preferably with a photo. There is no denying that it would be even better to pose with a scarf, hat or other item bearing the logo of our Association. All as part of „Servo per Amikeco”.

The Queen of the Sudetes has already welcomed dozens of members of the IPA Lower Silesian Voivodship Group, happy to reach the highest peak in this part of Poland. However, this year’s campaign is just the beginning. Summit meetings are also planned for the future.

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A mountain hike amongst friends from the Association is a great opportunity for talks, exchanging points of view, observations and experiences regarding the difficult service in the blue uniform.

Therefore the IPA from Lower Silesia invites you to next year’s climbing of mountain peaks! For now, we encourage you in fighting your weaknesses, steep climbs and difficult weather to get to the Śnieżka peak and to celebrate the long 70 years of the International Police Association!

Text: Krzysztof Marcjan; Translation: Michał Sługocki, IPA Wrocław, Poland