The National Association of Retired Police Officers is made up of retired police officers from all Home Office police forces throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, together with their spouses, partners, widows and widowers. The Association was formed in 1919 with the objective, "To safeguard the rights of members and to promote measures for their welfare, with particular regard to pensions".

To pursue this objective, the Association makes representation to Government Departments and many other groups and organisations. Both at national and local level it provides advice and assistance to the membership on a wide range of topics, it negotiates and promotes a wide range of services to the membership and promotes social gatherings of members. Through its quarterly publication, NARPO News, it brings to notice information on matters of interest and concern, together with details of the member services that are available.

The Association initially made attempts to be recognised as a negotiating body but with the formation of the Police Federation - which has statutory authority - it made slow progress in the early days. However, since then, and particularly since the end of the Second World War, it has grown into very much a National body with 114 branches representing some 73.500 members.

In 1964 the Association employed its first paid Secretary/Treasurer resulting in NARPO being able to project a more professional image, which has been built upon by subsequent post holders. In 1991, following the announcement of the then General Secretary of his intention to retire, the National Executive Committee, in considering the need to replace the Secretary, felt that it was appropriate to make provision for the future. An article in the "Bulletin" at that time reflected the Committee's views that it was their wish to move the Association forward and that a future Secretary would probably have office premises, other staff would be employed and that services to members would be enlarged.

In 1992 a New General Secretary was appointed and for the first time moved the Secretariat to office accommodation, rented in the West Yorkshire Police Headquarters in Wakefield. In 1995 a new magazine, "NARPO NEWS" was launched which, accompanied by the setting up of a national database of members, allowed for the magazine to be distributed directly to the members' homes.

In February 1999 the organisation moved to its current home at NARPO House, 38, Bond Street, Wakefield WF1 2QP, which was purchased outright as a National Headquarters.

Over the last few years, the Association has realised that there is expectancy amongst members, who have seen enormous changes within the serving officers' associations, to provide them with additional benefits. Accordingly, the Association, whilst it has never swerved from its stated aims, has taken on more member services.

The National Executive Committee meets on at least four occasions during the year, held in various locations throughout England and Wales.

An Annual Conference and AGM takes place each September, which allows delegates the opportunity to hear reports on national issues and to debate matters of concern.