Paul Richardson joined the police service in September 1985 and during the first 5 years of his career he served in front line policing which at that time also included ambulance driver and attendant duties. On transfer to the Crime Division in 1990 Paul served in the CID and Fraud Squad where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Shortly after promotion Paul was seconded to the then Community Policing Unit which at that time had responsibility for safeguarding and community policing. He became an Investigative Interviewing trainer soon after, a function he kept for many years whilst serving in other sections.
He gained promotion to the rank of Inspector in 2002 and was deployed in various roles including training, Corporate Development, Force Administration, Criminal Justice Unit, Professional Standards and lastly the Gibraltar Coordinating Centre for Criminal Intelligence and Drugs. His training role saw two deployments to Gambia in 2008/2009 where he designed and delivered UN Training to Gambian Police Officers prior to their deployment in the Darfur region of Sudan.
In 2015 Paul was graciously awarded the Overseas Territories Police Medal for services to policing and gained promotion to Chief Inspector which saw a return to uniformed policing as CI Ops. During this period Paul worked on the RGP organisational re-structure team and contributed to the RGP being awarded with the Investors in People Gold Standard. In 2014 Paul assisted the Isle of Man Constabulary with their PEEL style peer review and most recently formed part of a small islands review team in Guernsey. In 2018 Paul was seconded to the PDS division assuming responsibility for Professional Standards and Training. On promotion to Superintendent in January 2019 Paul was transferred to the Crime & Protective Services Division. He now leads on Professionalism across the service.
Paul obtained a Master of Arts degree in Enterprise Management with Durham University in 2011 and holds diplomas in Executive Management and Anti Money Laundering. He has undergone training in the United Kingdom for Investigative Interviewing, Hostage Negotiation, Anti Money Laundering and Data analysis. In his free time he enjoys hiking, travel and music.