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IBZ - Gimborn Castle Informations & Formation Center


More than thirty years ago, in Germany, the International Police Association founded it's own conference centre, the 'Informations-und-Bildungszentrum Schloss Gimborn' (IBZ).

Nowadays, 'Gimborn Castle' is a very well known place, where police officers of all ranks meet, exchange experiences and learn together.

Every year around 2500 participants, mostly police officers, take advantage of the facilities and conferences offered by Gimborn. Most conferences are IPA seminars, organised in close co-operation with the international and national bodies of IPA, lasting about a week.

The annual programme comprises regularly of about 15 seminars in non-German languages with or without simultaneous translation. About 35% of participants at IPA seminars come from countries other than Germany.

IBZ - Gimborn Castle

British Section members enjoying
IBZ Seminar - February 2007
A small permanent team of about 12 people, full and part-time, are responsible for the planning of the seminars, selection of topics and speakers, administration and looking after Gimborn. 

The IBZ is not only a conference centre for police officers but has been created by police officers. At the end of the sixties, a considerable number of police officers worked to restore the old building and adapt the rooms according to the needs of a modern conference centre. IPA Branches and Sections have sponsored rooms and are responsible for selecting and financing the furniture of the room and it's decor.

The centre is based on an association of it's own, with a growing number of more than 400 members including bodies of the IPA, local authorities and individual members from 26 countries worldwide.

The centre offers accommodation for 68 people in 16 single bedrooms, 17 two bedroom rooms and 5 three bedroom rooms, all of them with private bath (shower and WC) and telephone, located in the castle itself.

Gimborn offers four fully equipped conference rooms as well as a television room, bar and wine tavern. meals are served in the adjacent Scholßhotel.

Seminar participants discuss topics for
presentation to other members


Hospitality - Gimborn style!
Close to Gimborn there is an extensive network of hiking trails leading through nature reserves as well as sports facilities.

The IBZ is situated approximately 30 miles east of Cologne, in the centre of West Germany.

Further information can be obtained by visiting Gimborn's internet site.

All seminars at Gimborn are quality assured by ISO standard. You may make reference to the  ISO certificate, when applying to your authorities to attend seminars at Gimborn.

Details of the seminars available at Gimborn are available from your own National Section or by visiting the IBZ Gimborn web site.


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