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1 Region Scotland – West Branch – Mini Friendship Weekend

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On behalf of IPA Section UK, please find attached an invitation to their Caravan & Camping Group’s 2020 Rally. This event is one of IPA UK’s 2020 Iconic Events to mark the IPA’s 70th Anniversary.

The event can be found on the IPA website here: https://www.ipa-international.org/Events/caravan-camping-groups-2020-rally/153019

As part of Scotland’s tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Association the West Branch propose to hold a mini Friendship Weekend in conjunction with it’s National Patron Saint Day – St.Andrew.  The proposed weekend will consist of 2 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast a guided bus tour round the South West of Scotland and a Gala Dinner Dance featuring local traditional entertainers. The dates are Friday 27th November – Sunday 29th November 2020.

The Branch are looking at two possible venues both are 3-4 star quality.  To date these have not been confirmed but status will be updated as soon as possible along with cost and additional information.

Should you wish to register your interest please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment to email: bill.petherick@outlook.com

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On behalf of IPA Section UK, please find attached an invitation to their Caravan & Camping Group’s 2020 Rally. This event is one of IPA UK’s 2020 Iconic Events to mark the IPA’s 70th Anniversary.

The event can be found on the IPA website here: https://www.ipa-international.org/Events/caravan-camping-groups-2020-rally/153019

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On behalf of IPA UK, an invitation to join them for a friendship weekend in the hometown of the IPA’s founder – Arthur Troop. (flyer attached) Link to the event on our website: https://www.ipa-international.org/Events/region-5-friendship-weekend/153017

5 Region – LINCOLNSHIRE – Friendship Weekend

International Police Association Lincolnshire Branch, Region 5 FRIENDSHIP WEEKEND 5th – 8th June 2020

2020 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of this great organisation by Sergeant Arthur Troop from Lincolnshire and the founding branch are very proud to be hosting the 2020 National Council Meeting (NCM) in the historic city of Lincoln.

To run alongside the NCM the Lincolnshire branch of the IPA are considering hosting a friendship weekend. Planning is in the early stages and so we would appreciate expressions of interest by 31st July 2019 if you would consider attending this weekend. Lincoln is a fascinating, diverse city to visit, it is an ideal destination for a city break: offering an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping, great arts and culture and a wealth of places to eat and drink. Please send expressions of interest to: lincolnshire@ipa-uk.org

PROPOSED EVENTS: Friday An opportunity to visit Doddington Hall and Gardens, an English stately home to include a guided tour of the house and gardens.

Saturday Tours of Lincoln Castle and Cathedral to include a buffet lunch at the Lincoln Hotel followed by free time to discover historic uphill Lincoln.

Sunday A trip to the seaside! Tour of the historic Skegness Court House which will be dedicated as the ‘Arthur Troop’ Building. An exhibition of Lincolnshire Police history and an opportunity to meet operational police officers and staff who work in different areas of modern day policing. Free time to stroll along the seafront and have some fish ‘n’ chips or an ice cream or both! On the way back there may be an opportunity to stop off at Batemans Brewery for a tour and a taste of local ales.

The accommodation for this weekend will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotels, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YW where the NCM is also to be held. We have reserved some rooms here.

We are also looking at accommodation at The Lincoln Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, Eastgate, Lincoln, LN2 1PN

Please send expressions of interest to: lincolnshire@ipa-uk.org

The deadline is 31st July 2019

Chris Morgan, Secretary Lincolnshire Branch 

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March 2019 IPA IAC Newsletter

IPA Ireland is proud to share the March 2019 IPA Newsletter, published by our Association’s International Administration Centre (IAC).

The International Administration Centre (IAC) is the official office of the IPA, maintained by the International Executive Board and employing professional staff.

Located in Nottingham, United Kingdom, the IAC is the first point of contact for any questions by IPA members and the general public alike.

The March edition of the Newsletter features a piece written by IPA Ireland’s Vice President, Declan O’Byrne.

(see page 5 of the Newsletter)

Declan writes about the hosting of the IPA International Executive Board (IEB) in Dublin for their meeting in January 2019. 

The IEB meeting sessions started on the morning of 30 January 2019. At lunchtime, the International Executive Board was joined by members of the IPA Ireland National Executive Committee and then both executives headed to Garda Headquarters, where they were greeted by members of Region 1 IPA Ireland, and Region 1 Secretary Brian O’Dea gave a brief introduction of the history of the Headquarters.
Declan O'Byrne
IPA Ireland Vice President

Street Gangs to Organised Crime – by Des O’Brien, Region 6

Region 6 DMR South Central

Contribution by Des O’Brien, Region 6

Tuesday 11th September 6am, on the 17th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attack, my wonderful wife of 30 years was my pilot on the M50.

The journey to the Airport was uneventful. Our chief of staff for this my second IPA Trip after 38 years membership was Eleanor. She had warned us to be on time so as the youngest of 8 with 6 older sisters I know to take the warning of a woman seriously. Laura (my colleague from Command & Control) and I had a coffee before Eleanor arrived with Gavin, Sue and Máire.

The queue had already formed for the Ryanair flight to the Midlands airport when we arrived at the gate. We sat back and relaxed and let the masses panic for a seat that they had been already allocated. The 15 euro flight was uneventful until the landing. I would safely say that it was the fastest I have ever travelled on terra firma – thank goodness for Edgar Purnell Hooley and Mac Alpine’s fusiliers that we had plenty of runway to spare. As Laura released her iron grip on my arm we all started to breathe a sigh of relief as we taxied in to the apron.

We took the bus to Leicester City where we had a leisurely breakfast and had free time to explore the city. Leicester is a historic city and has been in the news in recent years after the remains of Richard the 3rd were discovered in a local car park and re- interred in Leicester Cathedral in 2015 some 530 years after his death on the battlefield.

Some of us went on to help the British retail economy while the rest of us wandered the streets of this one of the oldest cities in Britain. It wasn’t long until thirst got the better of us and we spotted a charming spot called the “GADABOUT” established circa 1685. It was a few meters from the Cathedral so in with us. It was a charming pub and we settled in. The owner of the Bar informed me that the Pub originally started out as a Women’s Prison and
latterly a Brothel!

Three loud knocks came knocking on the door and in walked 3 young men as toned as thoroughbreds and as clean as Mormons. The ladies eyes widened as the lads pulled in their bellies. We heard the American accents and were fairly sure that these were our guest speakers from Oregon. Shortly afterwards the English hosts arrived. We all settled in and chatted as if we had known each other for years. After a couple of drinks Gavin and I headed for our hotel while the ladies lingered a little longer. They were rewarded by a chance meeting with “Gazza” of English soccer fame. He was very affable and took time to have photos with the ladies.

We had dinner that evening with IPA colleagues from Europe and America and had an early night as we had an early start the following day.

Arriving at Police Headquarters Leicestershire the following morning we registered and had coffee.

The seminar was opened by Vice President Section UK Clive Wood. Our first part of the seminar was given by our American colleagues from the Gang Enforcement Unit Portland Oregon USA. It was very similar to street gang culture here albeit with a lot easier access to weaponry. That was followed by Dr Matt Hopkins insight into “What is a Gang”.

We then were given an insightful presentation from The Gang Masters and Labour Abuse Authority where we learned that there are now more slaves in Britain today that there was before the abolishment of slavery in 1833. The modern slaves can be found washing and valeting our cars, cutting/styling our hair, cleaning our homes and of course the sex trade to name just a few areas of “employment”.

After lunch was provided by our hosts we had a presentation by retired police officer Mark Bullen on Russian-speaking organised crime gangs their Prison Tattoos. It was an insightful presentation about the Gang structure and rank system and how much can be gleaned from their tattoos regarding status, time spent in prison, crimes committed and number of prisons they were in.

The next presentation was on Prevention and Diversion it was given by a former gang member turned Police officer Detective Sgt Martyn Linton. He was lucky enough as a teenager to meet a local Bobby who had a huge part in turning his life around by just having a chat on the street with him. He stated that a lot of his old gang members are now either no longer with us or have been or still are incarcerated.

Our last presentation was from Jermaine Lawlor from Voice for Youth against Violence who work to steer young people away from the gang culture.

It was a well organised and insightful seminar. We were afforded a great British “Céad Míle Fáilte” and we left a lot more enlightened than when we arrived. Well done to all concerned.

Young Police Officers 2019 Seminar

Young Police Officers Seminar 2019

The 5th IPA World Seminar for Young Police Officers 2019 “Policing Change” is hosted by Section UK.

This Seminar will take place from Monday 24th to Friday 28th  June, 2019. 

Accommodation will be available from the evening of Sunday 23rd to Friday, 28th if required.

The venue will be the Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, Kincardine, where every Police Officer in Scotland attends for their probationary training. 

It also provides specialist training areas for Road Policing, Criminal Investigation and  many Promoted Officers and Senior Management courses. 

The Castle is set in 90 acres of parkland.

The Topic of the Seminar will be “Policing Change”.

Accommodation will be in Single or Twin ensuite rooms. Meals will be provided.

The programme will include classroom sessions, practical environments, social and cultural events, covering topics on Terrorism, Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gangs, Immigrants, Communication, Defensive Tactics, Policing Mental Health and Freedom without Barriers. 

All presentations will be in English.

To register interest, please download and complete the form below. Please send the completed form to the IPA Ireland Office, as per the instruction on the document.