Operation Zephyr 2024: Task Force Sirocco
Could I please ask if you can share the below as widely as possible within your force or organisation and contacts? Thank you, Aidan
In September 2022, a large group of volunteers set out from across Europe on the first Operation Zephyr Aid Mission to The Gambia.
This team comprised mainly of serving and retired emergency services personnel, many of whom were IPA members, and between them were successful in delivering 17 emergency vehicles to partner agencies in The Gambia.
This included 6 fire engines, a massive achievement when at the time the country only had 12 engines nationally. The remaining vehicles were ambulances, which were distributed to hospitals in need throughout the rural areas of the country.
To do this, the team drove from the UK, across Spain, and down the west coast of Africa, crossing Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Senegal, before finally reaching their destination in Banjul, the Gambian capital.
(You will likely read some excerpts of this adventure in a future 'Police World'!).
Following from this success, a second Operation Zephyr Mission has been planned, known as Task Force Sirocco, and the Emergency Services Aid Charity would like to invite you to join us in September 2024 to complete this amazing project and have the adventure of a lifetime along the way.
If you are interested in an information pack or applying, please email:
Please feel free to share this within your forces, or with any colleagues who you feel may be interested.
This is not an IPA event, but more than half of the participants last time were members, with many joining because of it, and it is a great opportunity to highlight the IPA to many who have not heard of it.
International website - Discounts & Offers page
We have recently created a new page for our international website that we think will be useful for many IPA members across the world – a ‘Discounts and offers’ page. This page showcases the partnerships from a number of IPA Sections, all in one space, so you can easily see what our Sections have to offer.
You can find the page at:
Please note that this page is not static and will be updated frequently as and when old offers expire and new discounts or partnerships are added. If your Section has any offers or discounts you would like to share with the IPA world on this page, please contact us and we will be more than happy to add them.
International Police Association
International Administration Centre
IPA Video Competition - IPA Children’s Drawing Competition 'Deadline'
On behalf of the Chairperson of the Socio-Cultural Commission and Vice President, Kyriakos Karkalis, please find attached a letter regarding an extension to the deadline of the IPA Video Competition. The deadline for the competition is now 30 September 2021.
For more information about the IPA Video Competition, please take a look on our website at:
On behalf of the Chairperson of the Socio-Cultural Commission and Vice President, Kyriakos Karkalis, and further to the extension of the video competition, this email serves as a reminder for the IPA Children’s Drawing Competition, which is still ongoing. The deadline for the Children’s Drawing Competition is also 30 September 2021.
You can also view information about the IPA Children’s Drawing Competition on our international website at: