IPA and WAD: A Partnership of Friendship

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Dear IPA members,

Cooperation between the International Police Association and the World Association of Detectives (WAD) started formally on 13 September 2019, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Stockholm, between both associations.

In comparison to the IPA, the World Association of Detectives is a rather small organisation, but WAD can look back on a history of nearly a hundred years, having been founded in 1925 in Chicago USA, and it is now the biggest and most important representative in the private investigations and security services industry.

I started this project 3-4 years ago, and with the kind help and friendship of May-Britt Ronnebro, this project was taken to the IPA President, Pierre Martin Moulin. Many years of meetings, discussions, as well as interviews of IPA and WAD members, until finally the dream of cooperation became true in Stockholm. Thank you, Pierre and May-Britt. I am sure our cooperation will be a great tool for our members.

I joined the IPA in August 2007, and have ever since worked constantly to promote the IPA image around the world. I support all IPA members travelling to Romania, and I travel to other countries to celebrate members with a long history in our association.

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Many of our members are former police officers who moved over into the private industry after retirement, or having taken the risk to quit a secure law enforcement job to face the challenges of the private security and investigation industry. In addition, we have members with no law enforcement background coming from all kinds of professions. Our members are based in nearly every free country around the World. They may be from different fields of activity, but many of them are closely related to the police field, which is how the idea of cooperation started.

The IPA and WAD have much in common, while there are of course some differences. Private investigation and security services will never be, and never intend to supplement, law enforcement services. There is no competition, and we clearly understand the priority of police work in law enforcement.

WAD members mostly work in general security, defending civil rights such as trademark and patents rights, civil claims support and other areas where law enforcement has no tasks at all, or just comes into the game in a later stage, when the infringements of law became obvious.

However, nowadays the challenges we all are facing are the same. Offenders are using international networks, and modern techniques are instantly picked up by criminals. Our case load is dramatically increasing, and we sometimes feel we are fighting like Don Quijote against the windmills.

Working in mostly small and medium-sized companies, our members can make decisions fast, and are not so stuck with regulations. On the other, hand we do not have the rights and official networks law enforcement have.

In certain fields, our members are working in the early stages of the same cases as law enforcement does. In insurance fraud, for example, where private investigators are often hired by the insurance industry to investigate suspicious claims. If it turns out that there is a clear matter of fraud, the police take over. In such situations, there are interfaces between our members and law enforcement, which is why we feel that there is a need of mutual understanding. If our members understand police work and the police understand the work of our members, this will certainly be beneficial for both sides, and it will help us to reach our goals.

The main objectives of WAD are not that different to those of the IPA: We want to give our members the chance to establish international networks, we intend to promote education and know-how among our members, we want our members to learn about different cultures, and last but not least, we aim to give them the chance of making friendships all over the World. We all know that the more friendship and mutual understanding and know-how we have, the more peace, safety, and freedom we will get.In certain fields, our members are working in the early stages of the same cases as law enforcement does. In insurance fraud, for example, where private investigators are often hired by the insurance industry to investigate suspicious claims. If it turns out that there is a clear matter of fraud, the police take over. In such situations, there are interfaces between our members and law enforcement, which is why we feel that there is a need of mutual understanding. If our members understand police work and the police understand the work of our members, this will certainly be beneficial for both sides, and it will help us to reach our goals.

One of the main purposes stated in the MoU of our associations, is to establish a partnership between the World Association of Detectives and the International Police Association’s Professional Commission in the field of sharing professional knowledge and training.

We are extremely pleased about the cooperation with the IPA, the biggest Police association in the world. We are looking forward to an exchange of experience, to learn from each other, and to make friends with each other. We would love to see IPA members as guests at or WAD meetings, and know that many of our members, some who are already IPA members, would love to join IPA meetings.

The joint Memorandum of Understanding between the IPA and WAD encourages WAD members to contact their national IPA section and IPA members, and find ways to collaborate on all levels, from cultural, sports and training to friendly chats, while from the active law enforcement side, IPA members are invited to join WAD when they have retired and enter another global family of investigators.

I am looking forward to having the chance of meeting many IPA members in the future.

Dan Rusu, President of the World Association of Detectives, and IPA member

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