Who can join the International Police Association?
Membership is open to a broad spectrum of police personnel. Any serving or retired member of Police Staff directly employed by a Chief Constable or other appropriately designated Chief Officer of the Police Services.
You can read the full rulings regarding membership below.
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On receipt of a fully completed application form the enrolment process is completed. An annual membership card is issued giving the holder full IPA membership entitlement.
Are there any conditions?
*the FREE enrolment offer only applies to new enrolments. Those who have previous IPA membership should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0115 981 3638 with their inquiry before completing an application form.
*during the FREE enrolment offer, an enrolment fee (normally £35) will not be deducted at the time of enrolment. However, we ask that the direct debit form is completed at the time of application in readiness for collection of the renewal fee.
*for those joining during the FREE enrolment offer, a renewal fee of £28 will be collected on 5 January 2018.
*For those members wishing to cancel their membership - please do so via email: email@example.com or telephone 0115 981 3638 by 31 December 2017. Refunds are not given for cancellations received after this date.
*Police World is made available via a web-link which will be emailed at the time of going to press. Applicants requiring Police World sending via the post are not eligible to the FREE enrolment offer. You may pay an enrolment fee if you require Police World via the post. email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
*If taking out FREE enrolment, it is not possible to seek a refund on Gimborn fees. You may pay an enrolment fee if you seek a refund on Gimborn fees. email: email@example.com with your request.
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What if I used to work for the police service and now want to join? In the case of any person who resigned voluntarily and who can produce written proof that they previously served in any of the police services shown in Appendix ‘B’ for 5 years or more may apply to be a member. This rule will apply retrospectively.
I'm interested in joining the International Police Association but there is no Section of the IPA in my country of residence. Can I join the Section UK? Section UK adopts the policy that membership must be taken out in a country closest to your place of residence, eg Nigerian officers must join a Section already established in the African continent. Please check the international website for details of where established Sections exist. Any further inquiries regarding Foreign Associate Membership of Section UK should be sent to the IPA HQ -Section UK using the contact form (not the application form). Please do not send any payment until your application has been authorised. We regret, the safe receipt and return of cash cannot be guaranteed.
Can I pay my membership by cheque instead of Direct Debit? We do not accept cheques as payment and can only approve membership if Direct Debit details are provided.
Following the death of my spouse, am I eligible to carry on their membership? Extraordinary membership may be granted. Please apply through your branch for endorsement by the National Executive Committee. Please do not use the on-line booking form.
Do IPA mailings have any indentifiable Police markings? All correspondence from IPA HQ - Section UK are sent in a plain franked envelope and Police World magazine is sent under plain cover.
I am permanently moving overseas, can I still be a member? As long as you are still eligible for membership, you can remain a member of the Section UK. If you wish to become a member of an overseas section, you will need to fulfill their respective membership requirements.
I don't want to pay an annual membership fee, do you offer life membership instead? We do offer life membership to members who have been with the Association for at least four consecutive years. Life membership is set at 15 times the current renewal fee and can be paid by cheque.
I work for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), am I eligible? In the case of a current IPA member transferring their employment from the police to the Agency, application for continued membership under Rule 11 can be made. If it's the case that you're not yet an IPA member, unfortunately, your employment with the Agency makes you not eligible for membership.
Membership Rulings: Ordinary Membership of Section UK of the International Police Association is open to the following:
Ordinary membership shall be open to:
a. Any serving or retired Police Officer including any Special Constable of the Police Services shown in Appendix ‘B’, and includes any Chief Constable directly employed by a Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales;
b. Members of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary;
c. Any serving or retired member of Police Staff directly employed by a Chief Constable or other appropriately designated Chief Officer of the Police Services shown in Appendix ‘B’.
(NB: Rules 11.2, 11.3 and 11.4 below should be followed when a member of Police Staff voluntarily resigns);
d. Any other serving or retired Police Officer or member of Police Staff of a Police Service whose application is approved by the National Council.
Rules 11.2; 11.3 and 11.4 read as folllows:
11.2: In the case of a member who has resigned voluntarily from the Police Service with less than 5 years service, and where an application for continued membership is made through their Branch and Regional Secretaries, the circumstances of the voluntary resignation shall be examined by the NEC. Any decision to refuse continued membership by the NEC can be subject to appeal, as laid down in Appendix ‘C’.
11.3: In the case of a member who has resigned voluntarily from the Police Service with 5 years or more service, membership may continue.
11.4: In the case of any person who resigned voluntarily and who can produce written proof that they previously served in any of the police services shown in Appendix ‘B’ for 5 years or more may apply to be a member. This rule will apply retrospectively.