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Massive response to RGP recruitment drive

The Royal Gibraltar Police has received an overwhelming response to its latest recruitment drive, with over 270 application packs distributed within the first week.

The vacancies for Police Constables were announced just over a week ago and the avalanche of prospective applicants is thought to be a result, in part at least, of the handsome salary that goes with the job.

Successful recruits starting pay is £29,993 and after 21 weeks of ‘Recruit School’ and the Passing Out Parade next May, the salary for successful applicants will increase to £33,479.

Previously the salary has attracted applications from British police officers as the UK starting wage for constables is usually between £19,383 and £22,962.

But according to the RGP, an applicant’s previous experience as a police officer does not necessarily mean they will be selected. Over the past few years four former British police officers have been recruited, while a further 15 were unsuccessful.

“It seems to be that numbers are quite high,” Police Sergeant Neil Zammitt said.

“We have had a lot of UK police officers applying.”

“You have to bear in mind that the UK force have not had a pay increase for many, many years, so obviously the money may be a factor.”

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