The Gibraltar Police Authority has today launched its annual questionnaire that aims to ascertain the views of those living and working in Gibraltar on how Gibraltar is policed.

The Gibraltar Police Authority is an independent body of 10 persons who have been entrusted to not only ensure high standards of integrity, probity and independence of policing in Gibraltar but also to hold the Commissioner of Police to account on behalf of the community in accordance with the Police Act 2006. The Authority is required in law to draw up and publish an Annual Policing Plan for Gibraltar which sets out the targets and priorities for policing. Before doing so, the Authority consults the public. The survey launched today follows the same successful methodology as was introduced in 2011. Surveys will be posted at random to a selection of addresses, distributed to places of work and members of the GPA staff will hold face-to-face interviews.

The Authority would like to encourage as many people as possible to dedicate a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire to offer them their opinion. This can be done online at In the alternative, a questionnaire can be collected from the GPA offices or a request can be made to the GPA offices so that a questionnaire is sent by post. The Authority appreciates and values the participation of the public in this important public consultation. The results and comments received from the survey will be analysed and used to prepare the Annual Policing Plan for the year commencing 1st April 2013.

“Earlier this year the Authority had the responsibility of selecting the new Commissioner of Police,” said Richard Garcia, GPA Chairman. “Since taking office Commissioner Yome has implemented various changes within the RGP. It is with great interest that we look forward to hearing the public’s opinion on the new style of policing and generally on the performance of the RGP over the past 12 months.”