HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
Sergeant Arthur Troop of the
Lincolnshire Constabulary in the United Kingdom always wondered why
there was not an organization of the Police Officers that united all
Law Enforcement throughout the world under one common goal and
On January 1, 1950 he founded what we know today as the
INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION. The meaning of this organization
quickly spread throughout the world forming individual sections as
far away as Hong Kong nearly 10 years later. Officers of the
organization communicate with each other with respect to visiting
each other’s country and to exchange ideas in Law Enforcement.
Police Officers are often an isolated or alienated group who benefit
from sharing our common experience and perspective with each other.
We enjoy participating in spirited activities, exchanges and
comradely to be found at Regional and National functions of the
organization. “Servo per Amikeco” is the motto of the Association.
It is an Esperanto term which means “Service through Friendship”.
On December 3, 1960, the Canadian Section of the INTERNATIONAL
POLICE ASSOCIATION was formed. A group of Buffalo, New York Police
Officers heard about the organization and together they started the
INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION in the United States. They became
what we know today as Buffalo Region No. 1.
On May 17, 1965 a group of New York City Police Officers picked up
on the idea and formed what we know today as New York City Region
No. 2 of the INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION. We were incorporated
in the State of New York in 1973 as a non-for-profit Fraternal
Organization. The INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION has no political
agenda and is a TRUE Fraternal Organization.
The New York City Region of the INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
today has 1,000 members. We are members of the COMMITTEE OF POLICE
SOCIETIES OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT (COPS) and we are
recognized by the Department as a Police Fraternal Organization.
The New York City Region of the INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION,
commonly known as the ‘I.P.A.”, holds General Membership Meetings
every other month, with the exception of the summer months. At each
meeting, we provide a complete hot buffet and beer/soft drinks for
our members for a nominal fee. We also put together a number of
international excursions and many small trips during the year.
The I.P.A. today has 62 member nations with 400,000 members
worldwide. There are 51 Regions in the United States Section,
comprising a membership of nearly 7,500 Police Officers, active and
The New York City Region can be contacted at the following address:
INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
Region No. 2 New York City
Ret. Det. Carmen Alvelo, Secretary
P.O. Box 804
New York City, New York 10002-0804
Anyone wishing to become a member of this organization can Det. Carmen Alvelo.
Civilian members (active/retired) of the NYPD are welcomed to join our organization as ASSOCIATE MEMBERS.
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