After an 11 year career in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Superintendent Edgar Lopez joined the Royal Gibraltar Police in 1999 where he has served in various departments including the Traffic Department, Criminal Investigation Department and Special Branch. During his time in Special Branch he achieved various academic qualifications on Terrorism Studies and International Jihadist Terrorism. As Head of Special Branch he pushed for the introduction of Ports Policing working in partnership with the Borders & Coastguard Agency. He was later appointed as the Executive Coordinator for the Gibraltar Coordinating Centre for Criminal Intelligence and Drugs (GCID) and headed the Gibraltar Interpol Sub-Bureau. During his career he has been an Authorised Firearms Officer and an Operational Firearms Commander with the Dynamic Entry Unit. He is also a qualified Silver Public Order Commander.
Superintendent Edgar Lopez is currently seconded to the Gibraltar Financial Intelligence Unit as the Head of Projects, primarily leading the unit through the Moneyval Evaluation process by the Council of Europe and project lead for the development and implementation of an online reporting system for Suspicious Activity Reports for the finance sector. During this time he has also completed various courses on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, representing Gibraltar internationally at the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.
He has a keen interest in the Arabic language having attended a Colloquial Arabic Language Course in the Defence School of Languages, UK and later studying Modern Standard Arabic in the Arabic Institute of Languages in Fez, Morocco. He has travelled extensively to Morocco and keeps abreast of current affairs in North Africa and the Middle East.
In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, photography and graphic design.