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Wed 24 May 2017

UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

NINE WEEKS on from the murder of PC Keith Palmer in a terrorist attack in London, a major campaign has been launched across the country to help raise funds to build a new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in...

Wed 24 May 2017

Members Day 2017

Members Day 15 December 2017 is already well under way and Vice President Sean Hannigan is looking after the event as part of his cultural portfolio.   He is delighted to announce the following activities which will be included during the...

Tue 23 May 2017

Caravan and Camping Group

To all those members who are not aware, for some reason the Knaresborough Camping and Caravanning date does not seem to be on the Rally List. Kevin and Angela Hullah would like to confirm that both the Knaresborough and Belford Events are taking...


30 September 2009

A day with the London Met Police

Thanks to the IPA during a recent visit to UK, I have fulfilled one of my dreams that of observing the Metropolitan Police patrolling the streets of London. During my visit I was hosted by IPA members Mr George Palmer who is a retired police officer together with his colleague Mr. Terry O’Hallorn, who is a serving member of the Met police. 


On the 22nd August we met at Plumstead Police Station at 8am for a day which proved to be a great experience for me. After the usual introductions, they made me tour around the Police station, showing me great hospitality and making sure I felt at home. I was taken to the Control Room, the Custody suites, the briefing rooms, and the CID department.  Although this is just a district police station, it has all the facilities of a police headquarters. After the tour it was time to go out on the beat.  We boarded an unmarked met police car and later also the met police prison van. While affecting the patrol, I could observe the way they carried out their duties and how they responded to the various calls.  I was impressed how courteous they are with the public and the reciprocal respect they receive from the common citizen.  However at the same time they are assertive and very well trained.   It must be pointed out that the Metropolitan police like other police departments within the UK benefit from vast resources and equipment which facilitates their job and make them more professional in what they do. After performing an entire twelve hours shift with my friends it was time to be dismissed.

I must admit that this was definitely an extraordinary experience for me during which I have gained considerable knowledge about policing in another country. Both George and Terry have been in Malta and they have friends within the Force. They spoke very highly of our officers and they told me that they think that we perform a great job considering our limited resources. Although this was not the first time I met UK police, it was my first experience with the Metropolitan Bobbies.

After this successful visit I feel I should express my gratitude and thanks to PS Joseph Mamo, the National Treasurer for this help in making the necessary arrangements. Finally, I am personally convinced  that it is beneficial to be a member of the IPA which aims to provide us with various opportunities such as experiencing policing away from our shores and also meeting foreign colleagues from around the world. 

PC Karl Cassar Traffic Branch, Malta