Major General Jorge Ludovico Bolas

Major General Jorge Ludovico Bolas

  • Commander of the Coastal and Border Control Unit
  • GNR, Portugal

Major General Jorge Ludovico Bolas was born on 29 December 1972, in the parish of Santa Eulália, municipality of Elvas and district of Portalegre. He is 50 years old and has 31 years of service. He was promoted to his current rank on 20 July 2022.
His connection to the military institution began at the tender age of 9, when he entered the then Army Pupils’ Military Institute where he attended secondary school, followed by admission to the Military Academy in the first GNR officers’ course in 1991.
He has a degree in Military Sciences from the Military Academy, Guarda Nacional Republicana specialty, a post-graduate degree in “Advanced Studies in Law and Security”, from the Law Faculty of the Nova University of Lisbon and another in “Islamic Studies” from the Higher Institute for Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is also an Internal Security Auditor.
He specialised in special operations and counter-terrorism, having attending several national and foreign courses, among which the MI5 Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Course of the United Kingdom and the Central Intelligence Agency Terrorism Targeting Operations Course of the United States of America stand out.
Throughout his career he has carried out several duties and functions, underlining the command of the Special Operations Intervention Group, where he distinguished himself in the “Criminal Investigation” field in combating particularly violent and serious crime, as well as the command of more than fifty tactical-police incidents, whereof that of “Pinhal Novo” stands out.
He was also advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State of the Minister of Internal Administration, and Commander of the Territorial Commands of Castelo Branco and Porto. In 2020/2021 he attended the General Officer Promotion Course at the Military University Institute, having successfully completed it.
Currently, at the international level, he is Chairman of the AQUAPOL Hub Atlantic and West Mediterranean and national representative at the European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF), as well as collaborates with the European Police College in the Counter-terrorism Middle East and North Africa (CT MENA) project, as a trainer in target countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. For six years, he was also the national representative in the European forum on counter-terrorism, known as the ATLAS Network.
His service sheet consists of fourteen commendations, among which one was granted by the Minister of Internal Administration and two by the Deputy Secretary of State of the Minister of Internal Administration, as well as several decorations, including two Medals for Distinguished Public Security Service (one gold and one silver); the 2nd Class Military Merit Medal; the 1st Class Medal of D. Nuno Álvares Pereira – Merit of the Guarda Nacional Republicana; and the 1st Class Public Security Merit Medal.
He is currently the Commander of the Coastal and Border Control Unit of the Guarda Nacional Republicana.


  • Maritime Border Challenges

    Securing maritime borders is one of the most challenging problems facing border and associated agencies. Tens of thousands of kilometres of coastline. Thousands of secluded bays and river estuaries and inlets. Islands, islets, cliffs, beaches, marshlands and mangrove swamps. Busy ports and harbours. Numerous commercial and pleasure craft coming and going in conditions that can be anything from flat calm to gale force. Add to this the unseen; submersibles, semi-submersibles, scuba divers and underwater caches. Given the favourable conditions for criminal enterprise, no wonder smuggling is one of the oldest criminal activities. How do you secure your coasts and tackle the multitude of ingress and egress points and ensure that our coasts and maritime borders are as secure as they can be?