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IPA France organises international IPA presentation

IPA colleagues from the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Belgium and Austria, accompanied by Florent, Sylvie and Rose from IPA France, came to the National Police School, ENP of Roubaix, to meet the students of the 245th class of Peacekeepers. During 2 hours, they presented the IPA and the Police of their countries in a pleasant atmosphere.

The stay began with a welcome and a visit of the ENP Roubaix, followed by a trip to Lille to discover the city with its Christmas lights, the Grand Place, the Old Stock Exchange and the Ferris Wheel, all this unfortunately in the rain. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at the national president’s house, which had been prepared by Paul, President of region 59, before we returned to the ENP to spend the night.

The following day, we left for the DDSP (Direction Départementale de la Sécurité Publique) of the North in Lille where we were welcomed by Captain Caroline D. who gave us a presentation of the facilities. The command room is impressive; from here the security of the entire department of the North is managed, with around 2500 calls on any given day, of which 750 require action.  

We were also given a tour of the shooting range and a presentation of all the weapons used by the French police force. Many thanks to everyone involved in organising our visits at ENP ROUBAIX and DDSP Nord, as well as to the colleagues who welcomed and guided us, and provided the presentations of their service. Thanks to Sylvie F., our colleague from Paris and IPA member of the Communication and Development Committee, for interpreting, allowing everyone to express themselves in perfect understanding.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank the delegation of IPA France Nord who organised this programme and who took care of the expenses of our stay. In the context of international meetings of working police colleagues, the IPA has, once again, shown that the large Police family has no borders and that we have a lot to learn from each other. This type of event is also part of the development plan of IPA France, a plan 

that applies to everyone, from the grassroots members to the national, regional and departmental elected representatives.

Rose Lourme, President IPA France