The IPA at 70 - Demetris Demetriou

10 Feb 2021

Dear IPA friends,

This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary since the foundation of our Association by the visionary Arthur Troop back in 1950.

The IPA has proven throughout the years to be a resilient and adaptable organisation, capable of uniting police officers from across the world even in the most difficult times, through friendship and common professional values.

2020 has also been a difficult year for all of us. The global crisis, caused by the pandemic, among others, has disrupted our daily lives, challenged relationships and professional standards, and event put to the test the vary foundations of our society.

Even though, regrettably, we have not been able to hold our special World Congress this year, we organised a number of online events, bringing together colleagues from several police forces around the world.

The Professional Commission (PC) has continued to carry out its functions to the best possible standard, in order to live up to the expectations of IPA members. More precisely as far as the Arthur Troop Scholarship (ATS) 2021 is concerned, 13 scholarships were awarded (out of the 48 applications submitted). The awardees will receive between 450 and 2,300 Euros for their participation in future IPA activities. Furthermore, the ATS 2022 is already open for applications from IPA members worldwide. The Chairperson of the Professional Commission will process the applications. After the assessment of the PC and the decision of the IEB, awardees will be announced during the World Congress in Lloret de Mar in October 2021.

The Young Police Officers’ Seminar (YPOS) has taken place every two years since 2011. In 2019, it was organised in Stirling, Scotland, by IPA Section UK. The next YPOS will take place in Sri Lanka in 2021. Due to the popularity of the seminar among young members, the IEB are considering the opportunity to arrange a YPOS every year. In 2023, IPA New Zealand will host the YPOS, and there is an interest from IPA Austria to host this event in 2022.

I would like to thank all PC members for their commitment and hard efforts during these very challenging times. In a way, the physical distance between us has brought us closer together, and we have been able to share and promote ideas, aided by the use of modern technologies.

We all hope that the next year will bring optimism and new projects for the benefit of our great association and its members.

I wish all of you and your families a happy and prosperous 2021!


Demetris Demetriou, Chairperson of the Professional Commission