IPA open to po­lice of­fi­cers and staff

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Po­lice of­fi­cers, past or present, and non sworn mem­bers of the po­lice, as well as men and women who have served in other po­lice forces around the world and mem­bers of the De­fence Force mil­i­tary po­lice are all in­vited to join the In­ter­na­tional Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion (IPA).

Bob Walker of Whanag­nui is the chair­man of re­gion three of the New Zealand sec­tion of the IPA, which in­cludes Strat­ford in its area.

He says he has been an IPA mem­ber for more than 50 years and rec­om­mends it to all.

Bob says mem­ber­ship brings many ben­e­fits, say­ing he was on a re­cent trip to Europe and showed his NZ IPA mem­ber­ship card when he wanted to take pic­tures of po­lice cars, boats and build­ings.

While vis­it­ing a re­mote cas­tle in Hun­gary he says he was shoul­der tapped by two in­di­vid­u­als who were mem­bers of their own IPA sec­tions when they saw him wear­ing a Ger­man IPA cap he had been gifted dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Euro­pean hol­i­day.

As well as be­ing a re­gional chair­man, Bob is an as­so­ciate travel sec­re­tary for Ger­man, Aus­tria and East­ern Europe and as such has hosted vis­i­tors from those coun­tries.

“You cer­tainly build up last­ing re­la­tion­ships. I have a lovely Ger­man cou­ple re­turn­ing for their third trip to New Zealand soon. Last time they were here the woman broke her an­kle while tramp­ing in the Tararua Ranges so they are re­turn­ing to fin­ish their tour now.”

Bob says mem­bers get a lot from their mem­ber­ship, in­clud­ing the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend world sem­i­nars and pro­fes­sional po­lice ex­change pro­grammes, as well as be­ing able to ac­cess ac­com­mo­da­tion in 70 IPA houses around the world.

The IPA also holds in­ter­na­tional youth gather­ings for chil­dren of IPA mem­bers.

■ Cur­rent serv­ing mem­bers of the po­lice, and those who have re­tired or re­signed in New Zealand or over­seas as well as mem­bers of the mil­i­tary po­lice can visit www.ipa.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Bob’s wife Lois out­side out­side the Vi­enna Wa­ter Po­lice Of­fice.

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