1. Describe your sector in a nutshell
A career within the Royal Gibraltar Police can be very exciting, challenging and rewarding with diverse career progression and enrichment opportunities. We aim to attract and develop the best people to reflect our diverse and unique community. Our Police Officers and support staff share the same vision of delivering a safer Gibraltar through excellence in policing with our organisational values and Code of Ethics are at the core of everything we do.
2. What are the different career opportunities/jobs available in your sector
Initially you will commence your career as a response team officer dealing with any incidents which arise during the course of your shift. After passing your probationary period of 2 years you can look at your lateral career progression by applying to work in specialised departments such as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Marine Section, the Public Protection Unit, the Economic Crime Unit, Road Policing Unit etc. You can see further information regarding the departments mentioned and some others on our website www.police.gi
If you are career driven and motivated to proceed within the ranks you can also apply for promotion and if successful work your way up the career ladder. Who knows, you could even make the Commissioner of Police one day.
3. What’s interesting/fun about your sector? Why should a young person want to work there?
Being a police officer is a highly rewarding entertaining career where each shift/day can be varied and dynamic. Within one shift you could be patrolling the quiet streets of Gibraltar with not much going on to then dealing with a fight, arresting someone, having a foot chase or sat in front of a computer completing paperwork for a case that is going to court.
A career in the police will allow you the opportunity to meet and make a positive impact on members of our diverse community. You can also build strong lifelong friendships with work colleagues and members of other partner agencies we work with.
4. What skills/qualities do you seek in someone wanting to join your sector?
We are looking for individuals who are honest, hardworking and passionate about making a direct positive impact in our community. All officers are encouraged to be helpful, polite and professional and subscribe to our organisational values and code of ethics. Our code of ethics sets out what the public can expect from us; Accountability, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Objectivity, Openness, Respect and Selflessness.
You can find the Code of Ethics. Person Specification and lots of other really useful information here; Royal Gibraltar Police – Career Opportunities
5. What is demand looking like in your sector? How do you think this will change in the future
We recruit on at least a yearly basis at present, this is dependent on the current demand, which is led by officers retiring or leaving the RGP for other reasons.
6. What is the approximate salary range people can earn
Your starting salary will be £32,330 per annum (£15.46 per hour) increasing to £36,087.00 (£17.29ph) on completion of training and then to £38,185.00 (£18.29ph) after passing your 2 year probationary period. Your salary will then increase yearly to a maximum salary at 10 years’ service of £50,763 (£24.32ph).
7. Any advice to a young person wanting to join your sector
Take the time to visit the Careers Section of our website, which will give you a lot of information about our recruitment and selection process. There are also key dates where you can come along throughout the year to an open evening/coffee morning led by the training staff, where you can find out more information about a career in the RGP and ask any questions you would like the answer to.
You can also pop along to a fitness test and if you are 17 years or above you can request to sit the Entrance Exam, which we will be holding on a monthly basis. You can run the fitness test or sit the entrance exam without any pressure to pass because if you do not pass it you can just try again. Once you pass the exam it will be valid for a period of 3 years and the fitness test will be valid for a period of 3 months.
We would also advise you to undertake some voluntary work and/or a summer or Saturday job, around your studies if applicable, where you are able to communicate and interact with other people, have responsibilities and increase your skill sets in terms of Customer focus and other aspects we are looking for. This will make it easier for you to meet the criteria on the person specification form Royal Gibraltar Police – Career Opportunities