A career in the Royal Gibraltar Police can be exciting; with something different happening every day. If you fancy a challenging and rewarding job with an attractive rewards package then why not consider a career in policing?
What does the role of police constable entail?
A police officer holds a responsible position within society. One of the primary roles is ensuring law and order is maintained. As a police officer, you will promote confidence among the community and show that the police understand and are prepared to deal with the issues that matter most to the public. Policing will enable you to work in partnership with members of the public and other organisations to make a real difference.
The constable role is the frontline of the criminal justice system and community engagement. Under general supervision, but often operating independently. Responsible for the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order through a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.
A constable must be able to:
The application and selection process involves:
Stage 1 - Application Form
Please note that the office of police constable is a position of responsibility and trust, given only to law-abiding people with proven good character and integrity. As such, while consideration will be given to individual circumstances, any previous criminal convictions could impact on your suitability for the role. Failure to disclose any information requested in this section of the application form may lead to the withdrawal of an offer of appointment.
Applications from persons who are eligible to apply will be vetted. Short-listed applicants will then be asked to attend a selection process and if successful, will be offered an interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Evidence of Nationality and date of birth must be produced when the application form is submitted, (e.g. a passport, identity card and birth certificate). Original documentation will be provided together with a photocopy, which will be examined and verified, the originals will be returned and the copies retained by staff.
Stage 2 - The Police Fitness Test
While you don't need to be an athlete to be a police officer, you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. You will be assessed on your level of fitness during the first step of the selection process.
Stage 3 - Police Standard Entrance Test
All applicants who pass the fitness test will be required to take an entry examination.
Stage 4 - Practical Assessments
This is where we are looking to see what kind of a person you are and how you might be expected to deal with situations you may be faced with if you are successful in your application.
Stage 5 - Interview Panel
The interview is the final stage of our selection process. The interview process will further rank candidates in order of suitability to allow us to take the best candidates at the earliest opportunity.
Provisional offer of employment
Upon successfully passing the selection process and pending satisfactory completion of all medical, reference, vetting and selection procedures an offer of employment will be made.
The appointment will be for an initial probationary period of two years, during which you will be expected to continue your learning and be assessed. Should you not meet the RGP standards of competence the Commissioner of Police may terminate your contract of employment at any time during the probationary period. On successful completion of the probationary period, you will be confirmed in post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I disclose previous convictions, police cautions or any involvement I have had with the police including those not in Gibraltar?
A: Yes all of this information must be disclosed as failure to do so will result in your application being rejected. Applicants residing in Gibraltar for less than 3 years (see below when this may be applicable), are requested to obtain and hand in a completed Subject Access Request (SAR), regardless of current employment. Applicants residing in Gibraltar will be vetted internally once their application has been submitted.
Q: What type of previous convictions will affect my application?
A: Convictions, warnings or cautions will not in every case prevent appointment. The decision will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence(s).
Q: Can I join if I have tattoos?
A: Tattoos are permitted but any tattoo that could potentially cause offence to members of the public or colleagues, or could bring discredit to the police service will not acceptable. Considerations include: size, nature, language, symbols and extent.
Q: Is there an upper age limit for joining the police force?
A: There is no upper age limit for appointment. Mandatory retirement age is 55.
Q: If I am unsuccessful in my application when can I reapply?
A: You can re-apply straight away and may be considered for the next recruitment.
Q. How might I qualify for an exemption to the 3-year residency rule?
A: Examples are provided below. This is not an exhaustive list. Eligibility will be decided on a case-by-case basis:
Q: What training will be provided?
A: Being a police officer requires a wide range of skills and knowledge. We will provide you with a comprehensive induction in our Recruit Training School. The training is challenging and rewarding and our training staff will provide all the support necessary for you to succeed. You will be expected to continue your studying at home and a pre-read will be delivered before you start.
Q: How much Annual Leave do I get?
A: On appointment, police officers are entitled to 25 days annual leave a year rising to 30 days after 20 years’ service.
Q: What is the current pay scale for a police constable?
A: During the period of training the current pay per annum is £30,893, upon successful completion of the training programme the pay rises to £34,483, after 5 years £41,219 and after 10 years £48,506. (Data correct as of sept ’18)
Q: Are Police Officers paid overtime?
A: Overtime may be paid in certain circumstances if you work above and beyond your scheduled hours, in accordance with the Conditions of Service. In the case of an ongoing incident, any time over your agreed hours are considered as continuation of duty and will be paid at time and a third. There are also times when you may agree to work overtime and be paid either time and a half or double time depending on the circumstances.
Q: What hours will I be working?
A: Initially during the training programme, the hours are from 0800 to 1600 hours, with some flexibility. Upon successful termination of the initial programme, you will be deployed to a Response Team and work shifts. Our current shift pattern for uniformed core policing is as follows; two early shifts, two late shifts and two night shifts followed by four days off in a constantly repeating 10 week cycle, it also includes two mandatory training days within the 10 week cycle.
Q: Can I work in a specialised department:
A: Police Probationers are required to spend the duration of their probationary period; effectively the first two years of their employment, working in core policing. This means uniformed front-line policing. This will give you the necessary foundation to be able to possibly specialize later in your career as vacancies within other departments arise.
Q: Can I transfer my pension to the RGP?
A: Any existing pension is non-transferable. The pension is the standard Gibraltar Government civil-service pension (superannuation fund or provident fund number 2). It is not police-specific.
Q: Can I transfer in to the RGP?
A: It is not possible to transfer in to the RGP from other Government Departments or other Police Services. However, applicants who have prior policing experience will certainly be considered.
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