International Police Association Portugal South Delegation


“Friendship has to be there or there will be no future for mankind” – Arthur Troop. The IPA was founded in 1950 by police sergeant Arthur Troop in the United Kingdom and has since evolved into the largest police association in the world.

The International Police Association is a friendship organisation for members of the police force, whether in employment or retired, and without distinction as to rank, position, gender, race, language or religion. It has around 360,000 members in nearly 100 countries, of which 65 are affiliated National Sections, and is represented on 5 continents.

Its motto is ‘Servo per Amikeco’ – Service Through Friendship’

The IPA is a non-governmental organisation, and its aims are to create and strengthen bonds of friendship between members of the police service, promote international cooperation in social, cultural and professional fields, encourage peaceful co-existence between peoples and preservation of world peace, improve the public image of the police service and enhance recognition of the IPA by international bodies.


In Portugal, the statutes of the National Section of the International Association known under the name, in English, the International Police Association (IPA), were approved by the Constituent Assembly, on October 24, 1979, and registered by public deed on March 18 1980.

It became an IPA Affiliate on 3rd September 1981 at 18th IEC in Washington DC. It currently has 11 delegations throughout the country including Madeira and the Azores. In addition there are four IPA Houses in Porto, Lisbon. Coimbra and Loule (shown in the photo). Details of the house can be found at the IPA link here.

As at January 2019 the IPA Portugal has 4152 members

Portugal South Delegation

The IPA Portugal South Delegation was inaugurated on 19th November 2011 in the city of Loulé, Algarve. The Southern Delegation covers the districts of Faro, Beja and Évora.

This IPA House / Headquarters of the Southern Delegation is located at Largo Professor Cabrita da Silva, next to the Igreja Matriz de Loulé, in a building provided by the Municipality of Loulé, with deed of constitution, the Portuguese Section of IPA being responsible for remodelling and refurbishment of the building. Photos of the building can be seen on the IPA page here

Statement by Fernando M.D.R. Palma – President of the South IPA Delegation Directorate

“The newly elected new members for the respective Organs Regional Offices of the South IPA Delegation, which took office on 18 January 2019, are committed to contributing to their dynamism, experience and determination for a new direction of this South IPA Delegation, always in favour of friendship and camaraderie.”