What is the IPA?

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.  Its purpose is to create bonds of friendship and to promote international co-operation.


Limited edition Arthur Troop Coin

It is committed to the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations in 1948.  Its aims include the development of cultural relations amongst its 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 its possibilities, to peaceful co-existence between peoples and to the preservation of world peace. 

Membership of the International Police Association is open to serving and retired policemen and women of all ages.  Each member country (IPA Section) is permitted to apply its own criteria for membership as to who can or cannot be regarded as a police officer for the purpose of membership.  Each Section also determines its own membership fees. 

How do I join ?

To become a member, using the pop-up menu, go to the ‘National Sections – Email and Internet’ page of this site (or click here).  If your country is listed, simply click on the e-mail address and request information about joining.  Please include you name, address and police service status. 

If your country does not show an e-mail address, or you experience other connection difficulties, then please send your message to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive alternative contact information. If your country is not listed, this means the IPA does not have a Section in your country.  However, you may be able to join as a ‘Foreign Associate Member’ of an existing Section.  Here you have a choice.

You may apply to any country from the list on the ‘National Sections – Email and Internet’ page or you can e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details of a suitable Section, contact details and membership fees.

Undecided, then please e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions you may have. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Members in seminar at IPA's Educational centre, Gimborn

Young Police Officers from Europe, America and Australia meet at World Congress in Dublin, 2005


International Commissions

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