The International Police Association (IPA) is an independent body made up of members of the police (militia) force, whether in employment or retired, and without distinction as to rank, position, gender, race, language or religion. The Russian Section was created on 28 March 1992 by police officers from nine regions of the Russian Federation. In 2007, the All-Russian Police Association became the successor of the Russian Section. On 1 January 2018, the Association was spread across already 72 constituent entities of the Russian Federation with more than 10,000 members.
The IPA is a non-governmental organisation. Its aims are to create and strengthen bonds of friendship between members of the police service, promote international cooperation in social, cultural and professional fields, encourage peaceful co-existence between peoples and preservation of world peace, improve the public image of the police service and enhance recognition of the IPA by international bodies.
The International Police Association was founded on the initiative of British Police Sergeant Arthur Troop, who after the Second World War made contact with his colleagues from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland in order to exchange professional experience. Thus, he established a correspondent connection with the police from a number of countries.
In 1949 he had an article published in the British Police Review. Following an amazing response, Arthur was convinced he should proceed, and the IPA was founded on 1 January 1950 under the Esperanto motto ‘Servo per Amikeco’ (Service Through Friendship). Arthur Troop became the first Secretary General of the British Section.
Today, the IPA is the biggest Police Association in the world with more than 500,000 members in nearly 100 countries, of which 69 are affiliated National Sections, and the organisation is represented on 5 continents.
IPA is an NGO in Consultative (Special) Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations;
in Consultative Status with the Organization of American States and UNESCO.
IPA Russian Section Main Fields of Activity:
- Organisation of personal contacts between the IPA members, law enforcement officers of Russia and foreign countries.
- Organisation of international youth meetings for the IPA members’ children.
- Legal education and professional orientation of citizens, promotion of law enforcement officers’ authority and improvement of relations between law enforcement agencies and the public.
- Provision of targeted financial assistance to the IPA members and their families, law enforcement officers who went into retired reserve, lost their ability to work performing their official duties, and deceased employees’ family members.
- Formation of creative teams, expert councils, commissions, including with the involvement of foreign specialists.
- Development, publication and distribution of literature, educational and methodological manuals on legal and security issues, as well as other branches of knowledge.
- Attraction of Russian and foreign investors for the implementation of business programmes.
- Establishment of leisure centres, labour and recreation camps, entertainment, sports and medical complexes.
- Establishment and maintenance of the IPA Museum.
- Provision of legal and information services for citizens, organisations and institutions.
- Equity participation in building other non-profit organisations and their activities.