CHIEF Minister Fabian Picardo has launched a probe into allegations of ‘institutional racism and sexism’ within the Gibraltar Police Authority.
A former UK police officer has accused the GPA of being ‘built on a hierarchy of bullies’ and claims she was left ‘battered and bruised’ from a three-day police constable assessment at the start of December.
Picardo has now asked the GPA to provide a factual report in response to the allegations, after meeting with senior GPA officials on December 16.
The British police officer – who for now is remaining anonymous – told Gibraltar’s Panorama website that the Chief Inspector ‘ridiculed and made fun of candidates’ based on their race and sex.
She claims the inspector nicknamed a black candidate ‘Obama’, labelled British people ‘lemons’ and complained female officers were inferior because ‘they’re off every bloody month with their PMS’.
Among the officer’s long list of shocking allegations, she claims the 52 candidates were forced to run over ground which contained live ammunition while RGP officers called them ‘f*cking idiots’ and ‘f*cking sheep’ when they wouldn’t.
She said: “We were told not to pick anything up or kick anything, because if we did ‘we would at best lose a leg or a hand’.
“The whole thing was a total nightmare.”
The Police issued its own statement saying the commissioner and his senior management team believed the allegations will be found to be ‘unsubstantiated’.