Ian McGrail joined the police service in October 1984. During the first decade of his career he served in front line policing also acquiring experience in the CID and Drug Squad. He became a public order and personal safety trainer with responsibility for uplifting the RGP’s capacity and capability post the public disturbances in the mid-1990s. He ascended the ranks with service in Corporate Development and Community Safety Unit and was then the youngest and most junior inspector at the time to get promoted to Chief Inspector in 2006. He assumed the roles of Chief Inspector Operations and Crime before reverting to a Headquarters function as Head of Professional Standards and Training in 2009. As from 2012 and as a Superintendent, Mr McGrail gathered experience in senior management receiving exposure to commanding all 3 Divisions of the organisation; Operations, Crime & Protective Services and Support Services. In 2018 he was promoted to Commissioner of the RGP and introduced the vision of ‘Delivering safer Gibraltar through excellence in the provision of policing services.’
Mr McGrail obtained a Master of Science in Policing and Public Order Studies with the University of Leicester in 2004. He is also a graduate of the 230th Session of the FBI’s National Academy 2007 and UK’s College of Policing Strategic Command Course 2013. He is a keen bagpiper and was previously a member of the Territorial Army Royal Gibraltar Band retiring as their Drum Major in 2013. In his free time he enjoys road cycling and music.