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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 fraternity.

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 June 1, 1973, at the U.S. National Conference in Washington, D.C., Region No. 10 New Jersey was formed.  The new Region No. 10 was formed from New Jersey Police Officers that were members of Region No. 2 New York.  The INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION has no political agenda and is a TRUE Fraternal Organization.

The New Jersey Region of the INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION today has approximately 300 members. The New Jersey Region of the INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION, commonly known as the ‘I.P.A.”, holds General Membership Meetings every month, with the exception of the summer months, at various locations, throughout the state.   

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 retired. 

New Jersey Region No. 10 can be contacted at the following address:

INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
Region No. 10 New Jersey
Ret.  Sgt. Kevin Roake, Secretary
5 Oak Knoll Road
Ocean, New Jersey 07712-3423

 

Any Police Officer wishing to become a member of this organization can e-mail Kevin Roake through the Board Officers Page of this web site. 

If you’re not a POLICE OFFICER you can be admitted as an HONORARY MEMBER with the approval of the Board of Officers.

 

   

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