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New “hostile vehicle mitigation devices” – known colloquially as bollards – have been installed at Casemates Gates. They mark a first deployment of such technology in Gibraltar. 

Regional Committees aim to strengthen the ACU’s work in supporting and developing the value of regional and international collaborations across the Commonwealth, led by regional concerns but feeding into the international nature of the network. 

The Committees represent ACU members across the Commonwealth in Europe; East & Southern Africa; West Africa; East Asia and South Asia. Whilst not a Commonwealth Nation, the Europe Committee agreed at its last meeting that as an educational affiliate organisation of the ACU, and a key European territory, the University of Gibraltar be invited to join the Committee.

Speaking of the invitation, Professor Bachleda said, “I am delighted to have been invited to join the ACU’s Europe Regional Committee. I believe that Higher Education has the power to transform and improve lives and I am excited to collaborate with partner institutions, expand the University’s network and work towards achieving the ACU’s strategic aims.”

Welcoming the news, Minister for the University, John Cortes said, “This invitation to the ACU’s Regional Committee further cements Gibraltar’s links to the Commonwealth. Through this network, Gibraltar’s own University will contribute to the international higher education landscape as well as have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with member institutions.”

The ACU is an organisation where international collaboration underpins everything that it does and these Regional Committees provide a platform through which to channel the collective power of its members. The organisation is guided by a belief that working together is the best way to advance knowledge, promote understanding, and improve lives.


A team of police officers visited staff at St Paul’s School to raise awareness about how they can help protect vulnerable children.

The officers spoke to 25 teachers during a 30-minute presentation to give them an insight into how departments such as the Safeguarding Unit and Designated Risk Management Team help protect youngsters.

The event was organised by the Neighbourhood Policing Unit to help build a closer relationship between the RGP and teachers, and, to encourage staff to contact the police if they have concerns about a child’s welfare.

Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Calum Bruce said, “The unique position teachers hold in the community means that they are very often the first to notice problems that affect the youngest and most vulnerable in our community. Their insight into behavioural changes in the youngsters could lead to early intervention and if necessary, actions at the right level and by the right professionals.

“Teachers currently have an established reporting line for these concerns through their schools and the Department of Education. But by making them aware of what to look out for and how and to whom that information could be significant, will give them assurances that their professional concerns will be handled in the right context.”

He added that officers will be visiting more schools in the near future to give the same talk to more teachers.

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It’s not every day you get to spend your 4th birthday at the police station. But that’s what happened today after pint-sized police fan Connor Chidgey joined our Neighbourhood Police Team to help celebrate his special occasion, along with sister Miah. The youngster was lucky enough to get a tour of the police Traffic Compound and the numerous police vehicles the force uses.

An RGP spokesperson said, “Despite being a little overwhelmed by the choice of police vehicles, he eventually stopped moving long enough for PC Julian Cruz and PC Tanya Reddy to present him with an RGP hat, to go with his already made to measure uniform!

“We wish Connor a very happy Birthday from everyone at the Royal Gibraltar Police.”

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