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IPA FRANCE: Bring happiness to Erwan!

S├ębastien Delbaere, member IPA Nord / France

Dated 18-07-2017

Erwan, 12 years old, has stage 3 cancer. His dream, since a very young age, has always been to become a policeman, and he keeps his eyes firmly on entering the police service when he is grown up. His motto is ‘Courage, Force and Honour’.
The Police of Northern France were able to offer him a guided tour of various police services in Lille, including the forensic service, the dog section and the mounted section.
Erwan’s cancer was diagnosed following his grandmother’s death, and he currently receives very strenuous and intensive treatment, explains his mother, adding that they almost lost him several times. His passion for the police can be explained with these simple words: ‘I like uniforms, I like to stop criminals and going on patrol, but I also like the camaraderie with colleagues’.
During his visit to the different police services, he received small gifts and badges. The healing process is strongly dependent on the mental state, according to Erwan’s mother, and days such as the one spent with the police are very important to stay happy and keep up the spirit. It will be a full year until it is known whether Erwan’s cancer has gone into remission.
You can help to bring happiness to Erwan by sending badges and photos of colleagues holding a message of support, in order to create a photo album for Erwan. Sébastien Delbaere, member of the IPA Nord branch was asked to be in charge of coordinating the initiative, and all badges and the photo album will be presented to Erwan in September.
IPA France joins this initiative in the spirit of solidarity and fraternity, and therefore invites our French and foreign colleagues to participate.
Please send your police badges by 25 August 2017 to:
IPA Nord for Erwan, 20 citée des jardins, 59200 Tourcoing, France
Your photos of support can be emailed to
There is nothing more beautiful than the smile of a happy child.

Thank you in advance.
Sébastien Delbaere, member IPA Nord / France



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