Sections in the spotlight: IPA Israel

01 Mar 2018


At first glance:

  • Affiliation: 15 May 1963, IEC Oslo
  • Sponsored by: IPA UK
  • IPA Membership beginning 2018: 23,237
  • Congresses hoste: 1968 (Netanya); 2012 (Eilat)
  • Current President: Yacov Terner
  • Website:

An insight from the section:


SIFIsraelThe first associated IPA members in Israel started in 1960 and by 1962; a commission to establish the section had been set up, ready for recognition. The 6th IPA IEC in Oslo Norway 1963 opened the door for Section Israel. The founder, Hans Shlaymer, also became the first president of the section.

IPA Israel was the first section outside of Europe and the first - and still the only one - in the Middle East.

After only 5 years, the section hosted the 9th IEC in 1968, which was held in the officers’ academy in Netanya. The second congress to be hosted by IPA Israel was the World Congress 2012 in Eilat with 450 participants and 490 participants for the friendship week, making it the biggest IPA congress in the history of the association.

After Hans Shlaymer as president, the next two presidents were Commissioners of the Police; the 3rd commissioner arrived in 2001 and he is still the president today: Yacov Terner.

Facts about the section

Last year, the section crossed the barrier of 23,000 members.

IPA Israel recruits more than 1,000 members per year, while losing around 600 through natural causes.

The membership fee in IPA Israel is amongst the highest in the IPA, with members paying 10 Euros per month. Members regain, however, almost all of the money they pay, via a gift card; and for projects within the branches, such as culture, sports, travel, each member receives more than 50 Euros per year. The budget is personal, and all activities are recorded in a computerised system.

The section has 185 branches, with elections taking place every 4 years. The National assembly, the ‘parliament’ of IPA Israel consists of 200 members, and all major decisions of the section need the approval of the ‘parliament’.

IPA Israel is the only section where all the members are able to participate in the elections. Every member receives a brochure with the names of the candidates and an envelope and then votes for their branch, the NEC and the president.

The work plan of the NEC is based on strategic research and long-term planning, facilitated through meetings between the leaders of the strategic plan and the heads of branches, where the plan is formulated before its presentation to the NEC and the final approval by the national assembly of IPA. Active and retired members of the Police, volunteers of the police and employees of the prison service all can become IPA members.

Major goals of IPA Israel for the next years are to recruit in particular young police officers, to strengthen the branches with serving police officers, and to assist Gal Sharon in her capacity as IPA Vice President and Chair of the Sociocultural Commission.


Looking ahead:SIFIsrael3

IPA Israel Travel Programme for 2018

  • 26 destinations
  • Programmes for spring, summer and winter
  • More than 2000 participants last year
  • Professional trips including visits to police units

Celebration ofI International Women's Day
21-22 March 2018

  • To take place at a hotel by the Dead Sea
  • Varied cultural programme
  • More than 500 women anticipated to attend

IPA Games in Portugal
13-18 May 2018

  • IPA Israel plans to send 5-6 teams to Lisbon

IPA Israel Elections
September - November 2018

  • Election of President, National Board, Branch chairpersons
  • Participation of 23,000 members by mail

IPA Israel TV and App

  • TV programmes to double to monthly broadcasts
  • New IPA Israel app on air since 20 January 2018

IPA Israel offer many further programmes and projects regarding recruiting, professional training of staff, hosting in Israel and multicultural events.

To see all of this and make new friends who manage all of these projects, you should come and visit Israel – you will all be welcomed!

To give you a taste of Section Israel, you are invited to follow the link: IPA Israel 2018

Servo per Amikeco,

Eran Israel, Secretary General IPA Israel