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Posted by portugalpress on April 18, 2017
Fragoso with the Deputy Chief Constable Julian Williams of Heddlu Gwent and Detective Sergeant Gaynor Hart
Peter Hinze and President of AIRC Hermes Alberto seeing GNR officer Frederico Fragoso off at Faro Airport

Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) has, for the first time, sponsored a GNR officer to spend time with a police force in the UK.

Frederico (Freddie) Fragoso was recommended by AIRC Chair of Community Services, Peter Hinze, to represent his unit at the Loulé GNR station by spending four days with Heddlu Gwent (Gwent Police) in Wales staying with Gaynor and Colin Hart in Nelson, a small town in the Rhymney Valley. Colin is a retired Police Officer and Gaynor is a serving Detective Sergeant.

Fragoso was a member of the GNR Loulé team that was instrumental in setting up the house numbering scheme in two villages in the Loulé area; a scheme which has since been adopted throughout the Algarve and beyond.

“I believe Freddie to be an exemplary officer,” said Peter Hinze. Nothing has ever been too much trouble for him and he was invaluable when it came to setting up the numbering scheme.

During his time with the Gwent force, Fragoso went on regular patrols, visited the holding cells and observed officers dealing with members of the public.

“We hope to arrange a reciprocal visit to Loulé with a member of the Gwent Police force in the near future,” said AIRC President Hermes Alberto.

Fragoso will be making a PowerPoint presentation to members of AIRC, their guests and local police and council officers on Wednesday, May 3 at a Rotary dinner to be held at the Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago. Guests are welcome with prior notice.

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