Address by the President – ANNEX 1
Dear colleagues, dear friends,
one year has passed again, which was extremely eventful, and since the global crisis is felt increasingly and has even more crucial effects – living is becoming much more difficult for a wide range of people – drastic increase can be noticed in crime and addictions as well. All these effects – despite the growing economic difficulties – impose more duties on those agencies and organizations, who are responsible for safety! It is also becoming more and more obvious that there is no such organization in the world, which would be able to solve this problem alone.
All the reports and articles about our official events can be found at the IBSSA web pages, as well as on Facebook, so now I just want to account for the developments and successes of the „Partnership” program, which was announced a few years ago.
In the summer of 2011, we organized for the first time a joint conference with IAPA, IPA and IBSSA in the city of Arad, in Romania. This event was followed by a number of conferences and events in Hungary in which all three organizations were represented. Our organizations mutually strengthened each other's events with active participation, presentations and speeches.
Such events as the jointly organized cooking competitions, shooting championships, and other professional contests, or the common club days and also the balls contribute much to the more effective cooperation and to the establishment of good relations!
One of the priority areas of the cooperation is the “child-family-settlement Safety”, in which subject we already organized joint events in many countries several years ago, and now again a number of events is being prepared, which belongs to this topic and the number of cooperating organizations is increasing. This is traditional with the different organizations on family affairs and also with EFUS (European Forum for Urban Safety). The IBSSA cooperation with the European Forum for Urban Safety organization has been strengthened, and in 2011 in Malta, where EFUS held an international conference, IBSSA took part with a large delegation and helped to involve the IPA (International Police Association) and other organizations as well in the active work of EFUS.
Natural disasters can also cause serious disruption and damage to the life of settlements even if it is fire, flood or major storm – all this justifies that we have expanded the system of our cooperation with firefighter and disaster response organizations, mainly national but also on international levels. The result was a cooperation agreement in the year of 2011 between IBSSA and FEMERAID organizations, but we have to mention also the established cooperation with Knight Orders – having significant humanitarian activities – without claiming completeness: like KMFAP, Sovereign Order of Cyprus, Ordo Hungariae, Union of the St. Lazarus Order and the Holland Priory of the International St. George Order.
The issue of cities' and families' safety would not be complete without talking about the traffic safety. Our members are involved in such programs in many countries, but from all this excels the “Living Way” program in Hungary, to which IBSSA joined as founder. And we not only take part actively in the continued implementation of the program – which has established a comprehensive cooperation to all affected groups of the society and the involvement of all relevant organizations – but, for example, on the 2nd June we are the main organisers of a traffic safety day in Budapest, with the leadership of the Vehicle Protection and Traffic Safety Departments of IBSSA.
I definitely wish to mention that activity, which has been commonly performed by the Dutch Section of IBSSA and FEMERAID organization in the rehabilitation of crime victims, and in the near future a closer cooperation will also be established in Malta with a similar organization of this field.
In order to make our above-described programs even more effective IBSSA has launched the international “Security Exchange” program, in which our member companies in various countries worldwide can exchange their employees and experts for a month or two, so these professionals can learn a lot from each other!
At the same time, during our Congress, IBSSA-USA organised a meeting with the representatives of IAPA-USA, who all wish to greet via Internet the present participants of our European Conference.
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- Introduction speech by the Director of ECPD, Academician Prof. Dr. Negoslav Ostojić
- Introduction speech by the President of IBSSA, Prof. Dr. George Popper
- Introduction speech by the President of SEBA, Dr. Bogdan Vukosavljević