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: 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 £32,330 rising to £36,087 upon completion the final progression test. Upon successful completion of the training programme the pay rises to £38,185, after 5 years £43,136 and after 10 years £50,763. (Data correct as of sept ’19)
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 start the process when I am 17?
A: You can sit the Police Entrance Exam when you are 17. You can also apply at 17, providing that you will have turned 18 on the commencement of your employment with the RGP.
Q: – Can I transfer from other UK forces?
A: There is no direct transfer opportunities from other forces. Those applying from other forces will start as a probationary constable and will be required to retrain in Gibraltar legislation.
Q: – Why are there seperate 'Open Evenings' for those who are local and those who are from the UK ?
A – A fair question. The reason for the two seperate events is to allow the question and answer session to be more appropriate to those that have taken the time to join the meeting. There are limited exceptions to the standard eligibility criteria which is likely to mean that those from the UK are already in police or similar roles.
What we want to avoid is a situation where a local person wishes to serve their community, but either doesn't feel confident enough to speak up, or is put off by feeling out of their depth based on the questions being asked by serving officers or similar.
Q: – How do I remove myself from the mailing list?
A: – You can remove your details from our mailing list by clicking here.
Q: – Is my exam valid?
A: – The valid exam types are as follows:
Q: – Can I sit the exam online?
A: - No. This was an option introduced during the pandemic but has since been removed. It is no longer feasible for us to continue the online exam process for those applying from overseas. There will however be multiple opportunities to sit this exam and the validity has in most cases increased to 3 years.
List of valid exam versions
Please make sure to also check that your exam has not expired. The expiry date can be located on the bottom left of your certificate.
Q: – I failed the exam. Will I have enough time to sit another one?
A – The RGP will run entrance exams at least three times a year. There will always be an available exam date during the application window. If you have been unable to attain a pass mark prior to the application closing, you will not be able to apply for that specific recruitment drive.
Q: – How long is my fitness valid for?
A – Your fitness is valid for three months from the date of your last pass. You are free to top this up. You do not have to wait until your pass expires. The RGP will be running fitness assessments on a regular basis. If your fitness is still valid at the point that you submit your application form, you will not be required to sit it again during that particular recruitment drive.
Q: – I failed my fitness. Will I have enough time to sit the fitness again?
A – The RGP normally runs fitness assessments every couple of months. This is a great way to keep track of your fitness when we are not recruiting. Each time you pass this assessment, it will be valid for three months. The RGP will run additional fitness sessions during a recruitment campaign, with a final session hosted in the days leading up to the Practical Assessment Day.