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9th July 2020, 19:26

Richard Ullger appointed Commissioner of Police by Governor Sir David Steel

Richard Ullger has been appointed Commissioner of Police by the Governor Sir David Steel, after acting in the role since Ian McGrail retired last month.

The new Commissioner will initially serve until April 2022, and will thereafter be dependent on an open recruitment process which will begin next year.

Richard Ullger will also recruit an external expert to work alongside him to drive a change management programme to implement the recommendations of the 2019 Inspectorate of Constabulary report, which the Governor and the Commissioner have agreed should be a priority.

In a statement from the Convent, the Governor also welcomed the news that the Metropolitan Police will be arriving in Gibraltar shortly to continue their investigation into the collision at sea on the 9th March.

Sir David Steel says he looks forward to working closely with the new Commissioner, the Chief Minister and the Police Authority to ensure the RGP achieves the highest standards, and delivers the Annual Policing Plan in a timely and efficient manner.

The Governor praised the force's commitment, professionalism and dedication, especially during the Covid crisis, adding that both himself and Fabian Picardo will do all they can to ensure the Commissioner and the RGP are fully supported.