History

International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA), a worldwide association for cooperation in police training among police academies or equivalent institutions, has been founded in Istanbul on the July 2nd, 2011 with the participation of 24 Police Academies and equivalent institutions from 22 various countries and under the initiative of Turkish National Police Academy.

The idea of establishing the INTERPA has arisen from the requirements of setting up a communication and collaboration platform for police training institutions to boost up the efficiency and effectiveness of police education and training on a global level. In this manner, the association ultimately aims to enhance the capacity of trainings in policing and increase the policing standards in line with international law and human rights requirements throughout the world.

When similar associations in the world are analyzed, it seemed more viable to fill an existing gap by applying “Blue Ocean Strategy”, which resulted establishing a worldwide police-training-cooperation association among police academies or equivalent institutions. The unique of INTERPA has been;

  • A Worldwide Association,
  • Uncontested Training Platform,
  • Institutional Membership,
  • No Financial Burden,
  • Flexible Organizational Structure,
  • Flexible Working Procedure.

That is, the INTERPA aims to establish a communication platform, which is needed by the police training institutions. The INTERPA carries out its activities without entering in competition with the other international institutions, which provide police cooperation. Within this scope; membership to the INTERPA shall not affect the rights and obligations of the Parties arising from their membership in the other international institutions and their legal status in the mentioned institutions.

Based on the principles of reciprocity and equality among the member countries, INTERPA has been thriving to achieve its goals and objectives gradually and progressively becoming one of the leading organizations in the field of policing, police education and training with its 58 members from 47 countries.

Since the foundation of the Association, INTERPA successfully organized and carried out 5 (five) International Conferences, 5 (five) General Council Meetings and 11 (twelve) Executive Board Meetings in various countries. During those events, all members exchanged their experiences and best practices, conducted scientific and academic researches in the field of policing and contributed each other for the enhancement of management and training capacities of their national police training institutions.

In this regard, “The 1 st Annual INTERPA Conference: Comparative Police Education” was held in Antalya, TURKEY on 24-27 April, 2012. Practical and theoretical aspects, best practices and innovative approaches in police education and training discussed during the Conference.

Following “The 2 nd Annual INTERPA Conference: Contemporary Issues in Police Education, Training and Research” was held in Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, on 13-17 April, 2013 based on following themes; Faculty (Teaching Staff) Development in Police Academies; Use of Technology for Police Education and Training and Research; Curriculum Design and Development.

The 3rd Annual INTERPA Conference: Development of Teaching Staff in Police Academies” was held on 21-24 April 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the attendance of nearly 120 participants from 36 countries.

At the 3rd Annual INTERPA Conference, under the 8 different sub-themes 20 papers were presented by the presenters coming from the Police Training Institutions of the different countries and International Organizations.

With the participation of new institutions, INTERPA has reached the number of 58 member institutions from 47 countries.

The 4th Annual INTERPA Conference: "Training of Officers in The Field of Policing That Needs Expertise" was held on 25-27 May 2015, in UAE, Abu Dhabi Police College with the attendance of 100 participants from 29 countries and 2 International Organizations.

The 5th Annual INTERPA Conference: Global Refugee Crisis” was held on 28-30 March, in Khartoum, Sudan hosted by National Ribat University and Training Authority of Sudan with the attendance of 60 participants from 18 counties, 20 member institutions and 3 international organizations.

The 6th INTERPA Conference will be held in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on 28-30 March 2017( 27th March: Arrivals, 31st March: Departures). During the 5th INTERPA Conference which was held in Khartoum, Sudan, it was decided to specify the main theme after receiving all member institutions` opinions and comments concerning the initially accepted main theme namely “Narcotics Issue”. In accordance with the proposals from INTERPA member countries, the main theme of 6th INTERPA Conference was specified as "DRUG ISSUE AND NEW APPROACHES IN POLICE TRAINING IN COMBATING DRUGS".

The 3rd INTERPA Executive Board Meeting was held on 7th-11th November, 2012 in Khartoum/SUDAN The 3rd INTERPA Executive Board Meeting was held on 7th-11th November, 2012 in Khartoum/SUDAN by attendance of Turkey, Sudan, Jordan, Uganda and Saudi Arabia (the host country of the 2nd INTERPA Conference)

The 7 th INTERPA Executive Board Meeting, hosted by the Royal Academy of Police of Bahrain, was held on 21-22 October 2014 in Bahrain. Representatives from 11 Institutions who are the Executive Board Members of INTERPA attended the Meeting.

The 9 th INTERPA Executive Board Meeting, hosted by the Academy of Police of Northern Cyprus, was held on 12-13 October 2015 in Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with participation of Presidents of Police Academies from 6 countries.

11th INTERPA Executive Board Meeting, hosted by the Karagandy Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was held on 29th- 30th September 2016.

"Police Leadership and Management Skills Course" was held in Ankara/TURKEY for 11 police trainees from 5 different INTERPA Member countries including Turkey, Sudan, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus between the dates of 31 October-4 November 2016 hosted by Turkish National Police Academy (TNPA).

"Training of International Organization/Summit Security" was held in Ankara/TURKEY for 12 police trainees from 5 different INTERPA Member countries including Turkey, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus between the dates of 14-25 November 2016 hosted by Turkish National Police Academy (TNPA).