Thanks to Coronel Pedro Oliveira


The outgoing GNR commander of Territorial Command Faro wins a place in the prestigious General Officer Promotion Course.

On October 9, just before the inaugural ceremony of the new GNR Territorial Commander for the District of Faro, the President of Safe Communities Portugal, David Thomas, presented a letter of thanks to the outgoing Commander, Coronel Pedro Oliveira.

Pedro Oliveira took command as Lieutenant Coronel in May 2019, shortly thereafter he was promoted to Coronel, and left to attend the prestigious 9-month CPOG “Curso de Promoção a Oficial General”, the promotion course of general officers.

Safe Communities has worked closely with Coronel Oliveira since his appointment and took the opportunity to thank him for all his work aimed at maintaining the safety and well-being of communities in the Algarve, especially during the pandemic of Covid-19 and the recent large rural fires. .

Having met with him and discussed various safety and security issues during this period, it is clear that thanks to his leadership, the GNR Faro Territorial Command has successfully met these considerable challenges; the Covid-19 pandemic being unprecedented in our lifetime. He has always been approachable and receptive to ways to make further improvements, during a particularly difficult time, with many constraints brought about by the emergency legislation in place.

During the investiture of the new commander, Pedro Oliveira was congratulated both by his successor, Lieutenant Coronel Carlos Almeida and Lieutenant General Santos Correia, operational commander of the GNR, who praised “his human dimension”, the “ capacity to build bridges and dialogues ”and the way“ in which he led the assistance to the populations ”in the forest fires which affected the Algarve.

The CPOG is a course intended for Colonels “To exercise functions inherent in high posts of Command, Direction and Staff, at the highest level. The CPOG is a special condition for promotion to the rank of General Officer ”. In the GNR, the ranks range from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General (Commandant General).

The last course took place from October 2020 to July 2021 and was completed by 35 officers including, senior Portuguese and Brazilian officers, 10 from the navy, 10 from the army, 8 from the air force , 4 from the Republican National Guard and 3 senior officers. of the Armed Forces of Brazil.

Being selected for this course is considered a high personal achievement.

David thomas


Safe Communities Portugal


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