IPSA Award

IPSA International Award for Police Thought (IAPT)

The IPSA International Award for Police Thought (IAPT) is a prestigious accolade that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of organizations in the fields of law enforcement, security services, and police professionals globally. By encouraging creativity and innovation in police work, the IAPT Award aims to promote excellence and quality in serving and protecting communities.

Established in 2014, the IAPT Award honors outstanding studies and research in police science. IPSA believes that by providing a broad platform for this award, emphasizing the essence and impact of police science, it can make a meaningful contribution to advancing the field and promoting excellence in service.

The IAPT Award comprises three main categories, each working towards fostering a culture of excellence and quality in policing:

  1. Police Practices, Initiatives, and Community Relationships
  2. Police Research and Foundation, and Development of Police Sciences
  3. Innovation and Creativity in Policing

All entries and nomination papers for the IAPT Award must be submitted by July 31 each year. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered. Papers should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format, along with an email attachment to IPSA at info@ipsa-police.org. The paper should include a title page and abstract.


The FIRST category focuses on recognizing exceptional police practices or initiatives that have a positive impact on society, emphasizing the importance of meeting community needs and exceeding expectations.


The SECOND category emphasizes the significance of police research in advancing and expanding the theoretical and applied aspects of police science.


The THIRD category acknowledges innovation in the field of policing, including both technical and administrative innovations.

Application Details:

  • Entries for the award are accepted from January 1 to July 31 and forwarded to the judges for review, evaluation, and scoring starting from August 1.
  • Applications should be emailed to info@ipsa-police.org.
  • Submissions should be in English, accompanied by the original language of the applicant, and consist of 12 pages outlining the criteria (2 pages for each criterion), with a total of 8 pages for content presentation (2400 words) and 4 pages for attachments.
  • A participation document must be included with the application.
  • The participation fees for each category are $2500 for participating organizations and $750 for individual participants. These fees cover participation in the award ceremony.

Evaluation Process:

  1. The award committee consists of five panels of judges, with one judge selected from each of the following geographic regions: America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The fifth judge is unanimously chosen by the other four. In case of disagreement in selecting the fifth judge, the IPSA executive committee makes the appointment.
  2. The evaluation process involves independent assessment by each judge, compilation and examination of candidate reports, calculation of average ratings, and presentation of evaluation results to the arbitration committee for the final decision. The results are then submitted to the IPSA board for approval.

Announcement of Winners:

  • The award winners are announced at a dedicated awards ceremony.
  • The three winning candidates present a brief overview of their projects during a workshop held in conjunction with the award announcement.
  • The winning research receives an Award of Recognition.

IPSA Award Application

    Select Participant Category

    1: Police Practices, Initiatives, and Community Relationships2: Police Research and Foundation, and Development of Police Sciences3: Innovation and Creativity in Policing



    Application Document

    (Acceptable files: Image, PDF. Size limit 10mb)