RGP pays tribute to first local Commissioner
Retired Commissioner of Police Joseph (Pepe) Morello has died following a long illness. Mr Morello was the first Gibraltarian to hold the rank of Commissioner of Police and passed away on Thursday.
The Royal Gibraltar Police said yesterday it was with great sadness that the RPG had received the news. Mr Morello joined the then Gibraltar Police in 1951 at the age of 21. He was promoted through the ranks, being made superintendent in 1972. In 1975 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police in 1980. In 1984 He was promoted to Commissioner of Police, a post he held until 1987 when he retired from service. His promotion marked a major milestone in the History of the Royal Gibraltar Police being the first Gibraltarian to be promoted to the rank of Commissioner. During his Career Mr Morello attended the Metropolitan Police Course at Hendon where he won the Baton of Honour. He also served an attachment period with Police at Portsmouth Dockyard. In 1965 he successfully completed a six month course at Bramshill Police College. Mr Morello was the recipient of the Colonial Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Clasp, the Colonial Police Medal for meritorious service, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and in 1980 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. In 1987 he was made a member of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). He was also awarded multiple Commissioner’s Commendations during his career ranging from courageous actions to perseverance nd initiative in criminal investigations.
“Mr Morello was well loved by those who served with and under him. He is best remembered for his direct no nonsense, yet personal relationship with his officers. To date many fond anecdotes are still recalled by those who shared their service with him,” said the RGP.
Retired Commissioner of Police Morello leaves behind his wife, Bendicion, his three children – Marilyn, Douglas and Vivian, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.