United Nations building

The International Police Association is an independent body made up of members of the police service, whether on active duty or retired, and without distinction as to rank, sex, race, colour, language or religion. It's purpose is to create bonds of friendship and to promote international co-operation.

It is committed to the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and recognises that any form of torture is absolutely inconsistent with these principles. It's aims include the development of cultural relations amongst it's members, a broadening of their general knowledge and an exchange of professional experience. In addition, it seeks to foster mutual help in the social sphere and to contribute, within the limits of it's possibilities, to the peaceful co-existence of different peoples and to the preservation of world peace. 

The Association undertakes
  • to encourage personal contacts by organising exchange visits of individuals and groups, arranging group holidays and initiating pen-friendships;

  • to promote among the police services of all the member Sections respect for law and order;

  • to develop social and cultural activities and to encourage the exchange of professional experiences;

  • to enhance the image of the police in the countries of it's member Sections and to help improve relations between the police and the general public;

  • to foster youth exchanges and international youth meetings with a view to promoting greater tolerance and understanding between people, and understanding for the work of the police;

  • to facilitate a regular exchange of publications between the National Sections and to provide an information service for the National IPA publications containing news on all subjects of relevance to the Association;

  • to promote international publications, and to help with the preparation of a bibliography of police works and, wherever possible, of all works connected with the law or legal matters;

  • to facilitate international co-operation through friendly contacts between police officers of all continents and to contribute to a mutual understanding of professional problems.


International Youth Gathering 2004

Young people enjoying themselves at an International Youth Gathering

The International Commissions are supporting bodies of the Permanent Executive Bureau (PEB).  Within their working areas they develop ideas and make recommendations.  The International Commissions are not decision-making bodies and any recommendations made, require the approval of the PEB before being put into effect.

Delegates at the 2006 World ss,
held in Ljubljana, Slovenia
There are five standing International Commissions.
* International Professional Commission (IPC)
* International Cultural Commission (ICC)
* International Social Commission (ISC)
* International Internal Commission (IIC)
* International Commission for External Relations (ERC)


To contact any of the IPA International Commissions, please send your email to the International Administration Centre (IAC).

Tasks of the International Professional Commission (IPC) are:
Matters relating to police development, structure and history
Comparative surveys regarding police work within IPA Sections
Crime development, criminology, crime prevention
Police techniques
Traffic matters
Police placement program
Representation of IPA at International Education Centres
IPA Scholarships (proposals for planning and granting)
International educational events involving policing issues


Tasks of the International Cultural Commission (ICC) are:
Promotion of cultural activities
International Youth Gatherings (co-ordination and advising organisers)
International educational events other than policing matters
International Competitions (proposals for the issuing, execution and prize distribution)
IEC Conference and World Congress theme topics
Co-ordination of matters regarding hobbies (collectors, radio amateurs, requests for pen-friends etc.)


Tasks of the International Social  Commission (ISC) are:
Promotion and co-ordination of social activities
Co-ordination of emergency and humanitarian aid
Matters regarding IPA houses
Youth and holiday exchange programmes
Co-ordination of International Sports events and championships
Matters regarding travel


Tasks of the International Commission for External Relations (ERC)
Correspondence with International Organisations approved by the PEB
Attendance at conferences of other International Organisations when appropriate
Collate relevant information for submission to other International Organisations
Collate relevant information for IPA Publications


Tasks of the International Internal Commission (IIC) are:
Recommendations for amendments to the International Statutes and Rules
Assistance to Sections with the wording of motions
Recommendations to the PEB and Sections on submitted motions
Examination of National Statutes, Rules and supporting documents
Examination of draft documentation relating to the admission of new sections
 Preparation of suspension of voting rights (investigation, proposals regarding Representation, etc.)
Drafting of forms and documents
Preparation of membership statistical reports










British Section member meets tennis star  Gabriela Sabatini in IPA trip to Argentina,
March 2006
Police Officers, and recently recruited IPA members, Hamburg, Course 358


Mr Isaac Magagula 



IPA Swaziland Section

Royal Swaziland Police Headquarters

Mhlambanyatsi Road

P.O Box 49



Southern Africa



 (+268) 2404 2501/5


 (+268) 2404 4545







7th May 1993


11th Oct 1995