Thursday, March 24, 2005

New RGP Logo for 175th Anniversary

By Alice Mascarenhas

As the Royal Gibraltar Police prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary as the second oldest British police force in the Commonwealth, Commissioner of Police Joe Ullger launched a new logo yesterday to commemorate the old whilst celebrating the work of a new modern-day-force.

The RGP was established on the 25th June 1830, only nine months after the Metropolitan Police, London.

The new logo has been designed by PC Anthony Debono which depicts the old and new badge with the years 1830 to 2005. The logo was the subject of an internal competition held some time back within the RGP.

Mr Ullger said the Force was very proud of both the work it carried out and of the force today and of course its history which will be extensively explored in the coming months. He emphasised how the new logo aptly represented 175 years of policing and serving the community.

The anniversary is on June 25. A special parade is planned for that day with an interdenominational service and Gala dinner which will see the participation of retired police officers as well.

Chief Inspector Jay Gomez gave a brief history of the Force going back to the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 and highlighting the main events and changes over its long history since it was formally constituted in 1839 as the Gibraltar Civil Police Force.

Meanwhile in the run-up to the anniversary in June the RGP will be holding a series of events. The first main event will be the unveiling of a memorial plaque at Police Headquarters in New Mole House which will serve as a reminder and commemoration for all those who have served in the Force over its 175 year history and those who are presently serving in the Force.

It will be unveiled next week by 87 year old Juan Cano who is believed to be the oldest former policeman on the Rock.

The events will include pistol, basketball and football competitions, bringing to the law enforcement agencies who will also compete in the games from both the UK and Spain.

Throughout May the RGP will open its doors to children from the Middle Schools who are being invited to see the work carried out by the police and to visit its headquarters.

Together with the Fine Arts Society the Force has organised a painting competition which will see the RGP open its HQ for one day, there will also be a major photographic exhibition at the Casemates Vaults during the main week of celebrations in June with photographs dating back to the 1800s with displays of all major events over the past 175 years.

Other events will include an open day at Casemates.

There will also be a special stamp released for the occasion by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau.

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