The Chief of Police, Robert Allen, has announced five recent promotions within the Gibraltar Defence Police.
A statement from the GDP follows below:
Police Sergeant (PS 30) Jansen Guy joined the Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) in 2012 and served most of his initial career in the Operations Division. He began his duties as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO). He has trained in a number of firearms tactics which included building entry, vehicle and less lethal options. In 2014, he qualified as a Marine Officer and regularly assists in Maritime Operations. Sergeant Guy was trained by the Essex Police as a Detective in 2016 and most recently undertook a Licensed Search Officer (LSO) course held by the College of Policing in Coventry. He has completed his (Honours) Degree in Law and is in the last stages of completing his Masters in Law together with a Legal Practice Course (LPC). Sergeant Guy, who has been in the service for 9 years, would like to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, who attained the rank of Inspector in the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP). He would like to continue to contribute to the success of the GDP assisting in the modernisation of the organisation and achieve the goals set by the Chief of Police.
Sgt Guy mentions: “I look forward to this new challenge in my career. I will do my best to ensure that all officers and members of the public are treated fairly and with respect.”
Police Sergeant (PS 56) Jeremy Lopez joined the GDP in 2014 at the age of 25. During his 7 years of service, Police Sergeant Jeremy Lopez has operated within the Force’s Criminal Investigation Department as a Detective Constable (DC), subsequently performing Acting Detective Sergeant (DS) duties followed by a secondment to the RGP Economic Crime Unit (ECU). Sergeant Lopez is a qualified
Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) and an Operational Firearms Commander (OFC). His versatility also sees him carrying out Marine duties as well as being the shift commander in his section. Sergeant Lopez has formed part of the Search Team as a Licensed Search Officer (LSO) for over 5 years where he conducts dynamic risk assessments to identify hazards or safety issues prior to and during searches. In 2018 he attended a Leadership and Management course held by the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). The 32-year-old ambitious officer aspires to develop in his newly promoted Sergeant’s role and to contribute towards the modernisation of a successful Police Force.
Sgt Lopez mentions: “I look forward to a new era in this force. The management of officers will undoubtedly bring out the best of me. I’d like to thank the members of the promotion board who believed in me.”
Police Sergeant (PS 89) Ryan Casciaro joined the force at the tender age of 19 and has been in the force for 18 years. Sergeant Casciaro commenced his career in the B relief, which is now known as the Blue Section, with his father and brother who were serving GDP officers at the time. Moving forward, he joined the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He gained vast experience on the operational side until he was seconded to the RGP Serious Crime Unit in order to further enhance his investigative skills.
Sergeant Casciaro returned to the GDP with vast experience in case files and docket preparation and took on a dual role as File Preparation Unit and Intelligence Officer. He has been carrying out Acting Sergeant duties for approximately 2 years, before successfully being promoted. Sergeant Casciaro is currently in charge of the Marine Logistics and Support team which deliver an integral aspect of the naval base protective security arrangements.
Sgt Casciaro mentions: “I am proud to be a member of this organisation. This promotion will motivate me more, thus ensuring that all the force’s core tasks and objectives are being met daily. I need to complete an annual report, carrying out Continual Professional Development in order to achieve this objective. I am looking forward to this venture that I have embarked in.”
Police Sergeant (PS 82) Kimberly Beer Martinez joined the GDP in January 2017 at the age of 24. Following operational deployment in general policing duties she became the duty controller for Blue Section where she was responsible for deploying GDP assets to attend incidents and ensure vital communication with other
stakeholders. After successfully completing the Firearms Course she was deployed as an Armed Response Officer. Sergeant Beer Martinez was selected to form part of Project Servator which provided her with an insight into new policing tactics aimed to deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity while providing a reassuring presence
for the public. She was temporarily promoted to the rank of sergeant for a period of seven months, where she led an operational section alongside a fellow sergeant. This opportunity provided her with an overview of the wider vision of the GDP output requirements affording her an opportunity to deliver the key outputs from a more strategic point of view. She successfully passed the Licensed Search Officer (LSO) course in the UK, carrying out numerous search operations throughout Gibraltar. Since November 2020 she has been seconded to the Criminal Investigation Department in the RGP and has being involved in various cases including burglaries, thefts and sexual assaults, enhancing her knowledge and experience. As a result,
she has built a strong relationship with the RGP.
Sgt Kimberly Beer mentions: “I’m excited to take the next step in my role as Sergeant within the GDP and hope to provide the leadership needed to take the force in the right direction.”
Police Sergeant (PS 57) Sean Cawood joined the GDP in January 2015 after serving a full exemplary career within the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. He achieved the rank of Senior non-commissioned officer. This equipped him with vast managerial experience, commanding personnel & managing departments. In March 2017, he embarked on a two-and-a-half-year period as temporary Sergeant commanding Blue shift/Governance and Standards. From October 2020 till present he was tasked with Stores and Logistics where he is responsible for procurement. He currently operates within the Governance and Assurance department. Throughout his career, Sergeant
Cawood has been entrusted with duties such as Court Liaison Officer, Force Exhibits Officer, Safety Health Environment and Fire advisor, Force Physical Training Instructor and he is currently a Licenced Search Officer. His experience gained in all the above mentioned departments ensures close ties with other Law enforcement agencies and stakeholders.
Sgt Cawood mentions: “The GDP Sergeant promotion process has proved to be an arduous event, requiring a high level of resilience. I am pleased that all the hard work has resulted in a successful outcome, providing me an opportunity to further develop both myself and the greater Force where I will strive to achieve and progress in the future.”
Chief of Police, Robert Allen said: “We had a strong field to select from and delighted to be able to promote the five officers who all did exceptionally well in the process.
“Given the specialist nature of the force, all newly promoted Sergeants will now need to achieve Authorised Firearms Officer qualification within their first year of
promotion (unless they are already qualified) and then work towards achieving the Operational Firearms Command qualification.”
“The promotions further strengthen the Gibraltar Defence Police command structure and these officers will have a pivotal role in driving a program of change and improvement that is already underway within the force.
“In addition to their general policing experience each brings a unique perspective to the role, coming from different and diverse backgrounds.”