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Word of Introduction June 2017

Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA President

Dated 01-06-2017

Gimborn – or a few days in Paradise

The IPA International Executive Board met in Gimborn at the end of May. This second IEB meeting of the year gave us the opportunity to check the status of ongoing projects as well as draft the agenda of the forthcoming IPA World Congress and examine the motions from sections. All in all, it was an interesting agenda and working session, and a great chance to spend a few days together and reinforce our team spirit. Unfortunately however, the Secretary General and the Head of Administration could not join us this time.
I don’t want to bother you with all the details of the meeting, but I am keen to let you know that the more often I go to Gimborn, the more I fall in love with this place. For those of you who don’t know, Gimborn is an independent training centre located near Cologne, in Germany, a castle well hidden in the hills and woods. The IPA founded and continues to support this education centre where about 40 international seminars on all kinds of security and policing matters are organised each year.
For a start, Gimborn fulfils perfectly its primary purpose as training centre, offering great seminars with key speakers and the unique chance to meet participants from different countries, allowing exchange of best practice. Should you wish to organise a seminar or a meeting, this is also possible.
Secondly, the location of this facility, the peace and quiet you feel when entering the property and during your stay is amazing and certainly welcome in our busy times.
Last but not least, you realise just how much Gimborn is part of the IPA history and how important it is for all of us to ensure its future, as an essential guarantor of our values: friendship and service.
I had my doubts along the way about the necessity to keep supporting such a centre, thinking that it should find its own financial strategy. I was probably too blind then to realise the value of this institution and that what you can give also has the capacity to make things priceless.
You can become an individual member, and your IPA region/branch or section can also become a member if this had not already been arranged. Take the chance and sign up!
Thanks to René Kauffmann, the director of Gimborn, and to all his team, for running this place so well and with so much effort.
Try Gimborn, I bet you will ‘adopt’ it!

Servo per Amikeco,
Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA President

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