October 2018 - Word of introduction

09 Oct 2018


IMG 1712 (1)Dear friends,

The 63rd IPA World Congress just ended in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 62 delegations out of our 66 sections participated, and we were also joined by 2 of our Sections in Foundation, Colombia and Kyrgyzstan.

For the third IPA  congress held in the Netherlands, the Dutch section had the brilliant idea of taking us from the four corners of the world aboard the ‘Rotterdam’, a magnificent steamship open to the public since 2010 in the form of a conference hotel in which we all spent the week.IMG 1719

Thank you to our friends from the Netherlands for the enormous job they have done in welcoming the world to their home.

It all started with the traditional Opening Ceremony, held in the former theatre of the ship. After the hymns, a tribute to our late Secretary General Georgios Katsaropoulos, and speeches, a shanty choir performed and ... had us performing as well! A very funny moment and a very good way to set the happy mood for the week, with all the participants singing along to ‘Tulpen uit Amsterdam ‘ (Tulips from Amsterdam).

The congress sessions were held in a very good and constructive atmosphere, and with the help of the Delegates, we managed to finish by Friday lunchtime. The full agenda was covered, and I will highlight some of the most significant items here:

New Sections

We enlarged the IPA family by welcoming two new sections who were granted provisional affiliation, after having successfully met the criteria to be recognised as such: Colombia and Kyrgyzstan. Welcome to both sections and thank you to both committees who worked very hard to obtain the approval of the Delegates. Our new friends were extremely proud, and I would also like to express my gratitude to IMG 1718 (1)the two sponsor sections, Spain and Kazakhstan, who played an important part in their development.IMG 1713 (1)

Two further countries are currently also in the affiliation process: Uzbekistan, at present a ‘Section in Foundation’, is supported by Russia as their sponsor section, plus the Dominican Republic, where the IPA has developed very well with the help of Spain and where a Founding Meeting will be organised in 2019 to grant them the status ‘Section in Foundation’. We also hope to take further steps along the same lines in Albania in the near future.

 

IPA Events

IMG 1711 (1)Many sections presented their interest in organising a World Congress, an International Youth Gathering or a Young Police Officers’ Seminar. For the years to come, we will not have to worry, as plenty of candidates are prepared to work hard for these important events of the IPA life.

The next IPA World Congress in 2019, which will be an elective one, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and in 2020, we will all gather in Barcelona, Spain. A decision for the locations of the following years will be taken by the Delegates next year: for 2021, this major IPA event will take place either in Greece or in Peru, and in 2022 either in FYRO Macedonia or Brazil.

It is very positive to notice that the interest of the sections in organising such major events is still alive, despite the amount of work required. Thank you to all.

 

Arthur Troop Scholarship

The Arthur Troop scholarships for 2019 were announced and we can only encourage police officers to show an interest in this wonderful programme and the sponsorship they can receive from the Association for attending a professional seminar related to their profession. All information can be found on our website or by contacting the Chair of the Professional commission directly.

IPA Games

Everyone was pleased to hear about the success of the first IPA Games, held in 2018 in Portugal. Thank you to our Lusitanian friends, and a special mention for IPA Montenegro who gave a very good presentation and were trusted by the Delegates with the organisation of the second IPA Games in 2020. Good luck to them!

Professional Theme

‘Police in a changeable era’ was the professional theme of the Congress. Two very interesting speeches, organised by the Chair of the Professional commission were held by representatives of the National Police of the Netherlands during the congress and were appreciated by all participants.

IPA Awards

Many awards and recognitions were presented during the congress, for sports, websites, and professional seminars, to name but a few. The list is long and I cannot mention every single award, but I wish to thank every section for the dedication and hard work shown towards the IPA’s values and goals. It is always amazing to consider how many events take place across the globe, all linked through the same will of keeping alive and developing the spirit of our Association and the friendship between all our members.IMG 1710 (1)

It is not possible to tell you all about the Congress. You really have to join it one time and find out for yourselves.

As I said in my opening speech: ‘the congress is, above all, an opportunity for us to spend time together and exchange. The foundations of the IPA are based on relationships. What a unique occasion, to nurture these relationships with representatives from around the whole world, and to demonstrate once more that our common values remove all borders. When you fight for the good, the outcome can only be positive and enriching’. This 63rd IPA World Congress proved exactly this point once more. The time spent together under the motto ‘Servo per Amikeco’ was priceless!

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to our hosts, IPA the Netherlands, to their national president Wim Cornelis and the entire organising committee who committed themselves fully and permanently in order to provide perfect conditions for our stay, the working sessions and the general atmosphere of the congress.

Thank you and see you all next year in Croatia. Be there :-)

 Servo per Amikeco,

 Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA President