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Police Constables

A career within the RGP can be exciting, challenging and rewarding with diverse career progression and enrichment opportunities! We aim to attract and develop the best people to reflect our diverse and unique community. Our Police Officers and support staff share the same vision, delivering a safer Gibraltar through excellence in policing and our organisational values are at the core of everything we do.

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For further information email our training team careers@royalgib.police.gi 

 

 

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.

 JOB DESCRIPTION 

POST TITLE 

Police Constable – Area Response Team

AIM

To perform the statutory role of Police Officer: to protect life and property, maintain order, prevent and detect crime and prosecute offenders against the peace.

 

POLICE CONSTABLES ARE REQUIRED TO:

Gather and submit information that has the potential to support law enforcement objectives

Provide an initial response to incidents

Arrest, detain or report individuals

Conduct priority and volume investigations

Interview victims and witnesses in relation to priority and volume investigations

Interview suspects in relation to priority and volume investigations

Search individuals and their personal property

Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas

Manage conflict

Provide initial support to victims, survivors and witnesses and assess their need for further support

 

 

DEALING WITH PEOPLE  

To provide a high quality of service to the community

Building and maintaining community relations including advice and support in areas such as crime prevention and personal safety

Dealing with members of the public and colleagues in calm, professional, non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner, being mindful of diversity and integrity issues

 

OPERATIONAL TASKS

Conducting patrol duties

Attending road related incidents including collision scenes, vehicle check points and traffic offences

Perform traffic duties as and when required

Attending and giving evidence in court and at other hearings

Working as a competent team member, including wider co-operation with specialist departments

Carry out any other duties appropriate to the post as and when required

 

ADMINISTRATION

Completing administrative procedures

Preparing crime reports and presenting case files

Administering custody procedures as an arresting officer

Remain up to date with force orders, policies, procedures and laws and maintain knowledge of all legislative issues affecting the role

Must comply with Police Regulations, Standing Orders and the requirements of Data Protection

Maintain standards of professional practice

To prepare for and attend and Court proceedings and other hearings 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

 

 

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required however candidates must successfully undertake a Police Entrance Exam.

5 GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level passes at grades A, B, or C, 5 CSE grade 1, or 5 CEE grades 1, 2 or 3 or a combination of these, two of which must be English Language, Mathematics

Experience

Possesses work or other experience in community service and as a result has developed good customer focus.

Proven work experience in the field of community affairs and customer care including dealing with difficult/hostile customers.

 

Problem-solving skills

Key Skills and Behaviours

Speaks and writes fluently in English.

 

Has a high sense of integrity, personal responsibility and effectiveness.

 

Ability to work under pressure and displays emotional resilience.

 

Has effective communication skills, including tact and diplomacy

 

Has good literacy skills in order to accurately record details.

 

Possesses a confident and calm disposition.

 

Able to work effectively as a team member and help build relationships within a team.  Actively helps and supports others to achieve team goals.

 

Able to understand and be sensitive to social, cultural and racial differences.

Speaks and writes fluently in Spanish.

 

Possesses a full clean class B (car) driving licence.

Knowledge

Must be conversant with local current affairs

Personal Effectiveness

Able to demonstrate resilience by showing confidence to perform own role without unnecessary support in normal circumstances.  Capable of acting in an appropriate way and controlling emotions.

 

Able to take personal responsibility for own actions and for sorting out issues or problems that arise.  Is focused on achieving results required standards and developing skills and knowledge.

 

Has the ability to prioritise tasks, use time in the best possible way and work within appropriate policy and procedures.

Other Requirements

Willingness to work rostered shifts, weekends and public holidays, as and when the need arises.

General Health

Candidates are expected to maintain good general health, undertake a Job Related Fitness Test attaining a minimum score of 5.4 on the beep test.

Other

An appointment is also subject to the following requirements:

 

(a) Both fingerprints and a non-intimate sample for the purpose of obtaining the officer’s DNA profile are to be supplied for a speculative test and for elimination purposes, and;

(b) The officer is to submit to drug testing on a maximum of [two] occasions during the probationary period.

 

A positive result with respect to (b) may result in the officer’s dismissal.

 

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Nationality and Residency Requirements

Applicants must be British and have been resident in Gibraltar for at least 3 years. The 3 year residency rule is to help us select persons of good character with a good knowledge of our community. Certain applicants may be exempt from this requirement. This will be decided on a case by case basis. Contact the Training Team to confirm whether or not you may qualify for an exemption.

Age

Applicants must be 18 years of age or over on the closing date for receipt of applications.

Evidence of Qualifications, Nationality and Date of Birth

All original, relevant documentation must be produced when the application form is handed in, (e.g. a passport, ID card & birth certificate in the applicant’s name). You should also bring copies with you to be examined and verified.

Character

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.

Fitness

You don't need to be an athlete to be a Police Officer, but you must be able to cope with the physical demands of the job. You will be assessed on your level of fitness during the selection process.

Qualifications and Entry Examination

All applicants will be required to take an entry examination.

Selection Process

Applications will be vetted. Short-listed applicants will then be asked to attend a selection process and if successful, an interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Offer of Appointment

Upon successfully passing the selection process and pending satisfactory completion of all medical, reference, vetting (including drugs testing) and selection procedures an offer of employment will be made.

Term of Appointment

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.

 
  1. Stage 1 - Application Form

     

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  2. For any further information please email careers@royalgib.police.gi 

     

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Stage 3 - Police Standard Entrance Test

    All applicants who pass the fitness test will be required to take an entry examination.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    The Royal Gibraltar Police are an equal opportunities organisation. We are fully aware of the importance of diversity amongst our staff and how critical this is to our success. We aim to have a diverse workforce to mirror the diverse community we serve.

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:

  • Gibraltarians returning to Gibraltar after living overseas
  • Former or currently serving members of any UK Home Office Police Service
  • Members of HM Forces currently serving in Gibraltar
  • Applicants who still have an application on file and previously passed Stage 1 under our old eligibility criteria
  • Applicants who offer specific skills which form part of our long term planning process
Q: Do I have to be resident in Gibraltar at the time of applying?

A: Applicants “on employment will be, resident in Gibraltar”. You are therefore not required to be resident at the point of submitting your application form however if you are successful, you must be in a position to take up residence in Gibraltar on commencement of training.

 

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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