History - IPA Canada Section


The Canadian Section was founded in 1960 by Rev. Charles Wright who was a serving police officer in London, Ontario. Charles Wright had joined the London Metropolitan Police after a distinguished career with the Royal Air Force. It was at this time he became one of the early members of IPA. The Canadian Section has now grown to include 13 Regions across Canada.

Charles Wright was also responsible for assisting with the formation of the United States Section  on February 26, 1962 in Toledo, Ohio, totaling 30 members and the Section was officially recognized in Geneva Switzerland at the IEC on June 1962.

The purpose of our organization is strictly cultural, social and recreational. At no time does the Association take part in any matter of departmental policy, discipline or unionism.

The IPA creates an opportunity for cultural exchange and contacts on a local, national and international level. The IPA is a tremendous organization for members and their families who wish to travel anywhere in the world. The IPA also offers education scholarships, writing and photography competitions. The annual International Youth Gathering is an excellent opportunity for the children of members to meet with other young people in a well controlled and chaperoned environment. Who better to ensure the safety of young people but police officers.