10th January 2019, 20:14
A demonstration outside the Convent, has been organised by partners of GDP Officers aggrieved at the way Ministry of Defence has dealt with issues concerning employees at the Gibraltar Defence Police. They believe accusations against high-ranking officers have not been dealt with and call on the MOD to carry out an independent investigation into the allegations and reconsider the reinstatement of the suspended officers.
This is refuted by the MOD which says the complaints have been the subject of an independent review by a Chief Constable from an outside force.
The partners say they've had enough, claiming the situation is such that it's affecting their mental health and well being, with morale at an all-time low. They believe accusations of bullying and against high-ranking officers have not been dealt with and call on the MOD to carry out an independent investigation into the allegations and reconsider the reinstatement of the suspended officers.
Partners of GDP Officers' say no one should have to work in these conditions adding they've been left with no other option than to stand up to the MOD. They invite everyone to join them.
In answer to GBC questions, the MOD says it expects a high standard of conduct from all its staff and that where this falls short, appropriate action is taken. It says it takes complaints of harassment and bullying seriously and treats them in confidence. The MOD adds it also protects complainants from victimisation resulting from their having made a complaint and that any evidence of this is taken seriously and will be investigated.
A spokesperson says all of the complainants have been notified of the outcome of the review, which resulted in the initiation of two misconduct investigations, one of which concluded in December last year. Complainants, she says, have also been informed on how they might appeal any decisions.
The MOD concludes it would be inappropriate to comment further as the investigation remains ongoing for the remaining misconduct investigation.
The protest is scheduled for Thursday 17th January at 5pm.