GDP New Recruits

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Six new officers at the GDP recently completed 18 weeks of training, delivered by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP).

The intense course provided RGP and GDP recruits with a strong legal foundation, knowledge into specialist areas such as drugs and substance abuse, safeguarding children, mental health and personal safety techniques.

After their training, the newest members of the GDP took part in a COVID-19 compliant Passing Out ceremony alongside their RGP colleagues.

The GDP officers passing out were: 

• PC22 Kaine Pratts • PC41 Duane Manktelow

• PC47 Colin Finlayson • PC85 Julian Chipolina

• PC95 Jenna Kenny  • PC135 Jordan Dean

• PC95 Jenna Kenny  • PC135 Jordan Dean

Naafi new Look

British Forces Gibraltar has seen the opening of two refurbished NAAFI facilities, one at Devil’s Tower Camp (DTC) and the other at HELM Point in 4 Corners.

The development of Boyd’s Bar and the NAAFI shop is a very welcome improvement to the facilities available to the residents of DTC.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen will benefit from the enhanced offer, which is now more akin to a sleek and modern high street commercial bar/restaurant with an adjacent smart retail outlet.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic it has been a tough time for those who have resided and isolated in DTC, with very limited opportunity to socialise or take leave out of area with their loved ones. 

Police Constable Nick Ward and Police Dog Oskar became the latest members to join the Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) Dog Unit, having completed an eight-week course to achieve the required standard.

Nick and Oskar join the established dog unit which comprises several general purpose police dogs such as Oskar, as well as a number of specialist search dogs. Oskar is a two- year old Belgian Malinois, a breed chosen for stamina and agility and their ability to maintain focus.

Lord Airey’s Battery

The Household Cavalry D Squadron were able to give a little back to Gibraltar after completing their training on the Rock. The squadron provided a work party of Lance Corporals to assist with a Gibraltar Heritage Trust project lead by Mr Pete Jackson on refurbishing Lord Airey’s Gun Battery.

A party of six – LCpl Homewood, LCpl Thomson, LCpl Taylor, LCpl Lowther, LCpl Holden and LCpl Mathieson – marched up to the top of the Rock to set to work. Tasks included weeding, path clearance, internal wall preparation for redecoration and several other hands-on chores.

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