International Police Advisory Group: Mission Statement
To educate, inform, advocate and engage police, individually and through their agencies, about the importance of the police and other law enforcement agencies in the partnership with health and other sectors in addressing the complex social issues that underlie the HIV epidemic, and to provide leadership in showing the way forward.
IPAG convened its first meeting at the inagural Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference in November 2012. The current membership list is attached here
Meet some of our IPAG members…
We would like to introduce you to Frank Hansen, our Chairperson and Greg Denham – both ex-police from Australia, and the coordinator of the Russian LEAHN website, Alex Zelitchenko.
More profiles to be posted soon…
Superintendent Frank Hansen was a member of the New South Wales Police Service for over 40 years until his retirement at the end of 2010. The majority of Frank’s service was devoted to providing key policy advice on drug and alcohol issues to the NSW Police and Government particularly as it related to legislative options, policing practices and their interrelationship to the provision of public health services.
In the 10 years prior to his retirement Frank chaired the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs and was a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD).
Outside of policing, Frank has been on the Board of the Ted Noffs Foundation for a number of years and is currently the Deputy Chair. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences as well as providing consultancy advice to United Nation agencies in Asia and Russia. In 1994 Frank was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service in drug law enforcement.
Greg joined Victoria Police in 1980 after leaving university, performed uniform general duties and investigative work before branching into crime prevention strategies. Greg started the Police Schools Involvement Program and the Youth Advisory Unit ; he also headed up the Crime Prevention Unit the Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit before he resigned in 2002. Over the past ten years Grega has been involved locally and internationally in drug policy issues. Greg worked for Drug and Alcohol Services at Western Health (DASWest) from 2002-2004 as the Education and Research Coordinator. He then lived and worked in South East Asia and PR China as a senior technical advisor on policing and HIV prevention through harm reduction at Burnet and Nossal Institutes. He has, from time to time, worked back with Victoria Police as a training consultant advising on drugs and alcohol and dealing with critical incidents involving the mentally ill.
Aleksandr (Alex) Zelichenko, PhD, is a recently retired Police Colonel and Director of Central Asian Drug Policy Center. He is also a member of Journalists Association of Kyrgyzstan and National Writers Association of Kyrgyzstan.
Alex is one of the founders and first leader of the Special Drug Control Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The State Commission on Drug Control under the Government of Kyrgyz Republic. He has more than 37 years of experience in the Kyrgyz State Police Service at operational, supervisory levels, command level and in police training (1978 – 2007), in a wide range of Police services as Police Drug Control Service, Criminal Police, Community Police and Police Reforming as well as extensive experience in multi-cultural and post conflict environments during Cross-Border Cooperation Projects in Central Asian region. Alex has served in UN Missions in Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia/Montenegro.
Alex has trained more than 700 police officers from Kosovo and Serbia in crime prevention, general policing, anti-drug activities and community policing Issues. He worked as an international drug policy expert for IHRD/OSI from 2004-7. Alex is currently the Coordinator of EU Central Asian Drug Action Program – CADAP-5 and moderates the Russian version of the LEAHN