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I’ve captured this photo on the Casemate Square, the largest of the two main squares within the city centre of Gibraltar (the other being John Mackintosh Square). The square takes its name from the British-built casemate and bombproof barracks at the northern end of the square completed in 1817.

The Casemate Square is one of the two main areas people congregate in Gibraltar, currently for fun and entertainment, lined with most of the popular open air restaurants, pubs and bars.

The Royal Gibraltar Police is, along with the Gibraltar Customs, the principal civilian law enforcement agency in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. It is the oldest Police force in the Commonwealth of Nations outside the United Kingdom, founded in 1830 only 9 months after Sir Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police in London.

In general the uniformed officers of the Gibraltar force follow British police models in their dress. On foot patrol male constables and sergeants, like their counterparts in England and Wales, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Bermuda, wear the traditional headgear of the "bobby on the beat", correctly known as the "custodian helmet", (see the photo) which is similar to some Army helmets and was adopted by the Metropolitan Police of London in 1863.

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