THE GIBRALTAR Defence Police (GDP) recently said farewell to one of their officers. GDP
Dog Handler PC Melvyn Brier retired from the Gibraltar Defence Police after seven years of
“PC Brier has helped the Dog Section achieve everything the Force proposed to do for the advancement of the Section”
PC Brier was formerly employed with the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) and served for more
than 30 years before joined the GDP and bringing with him a wealth of experience. He
initially formed part of the Force’s Marine Section before joining the Dog Section (his dream
job) in 2015 where he was teamed up with Police Dog Lara. Coincidently, PD Lara also
retired at the same time and, in a welcome gesture of goodwill, PC Brier has agreed to
accepted her as his private pet, thereby securing her future in her retirement.
Both PC Brier and PD Lara have earned a well-deserved retirement after providing
exemplary service to the Ministry of Defence and the wider Gibraltar community. Within the Dog Section, PC Brier took on the role of Deputy Kennel Manager which involved him
travelling to the UK to receive the relevant training. He also volunteered to be the Deputy
Building Custodian which kept him busy, liaising with relevant stakeholders, to achieve
Sgt Prisan Fa, I/C GDP Dog Section said: “PC Brier and PD Lara have been a great team to
train and to see them grow and bond together has been a privilege, they have surpassed the standards placed upon them. PC Brier has helped the Dog Section achieve everything the Force proposed to do for the advancement of the Section and the organisation, and has
done so in a proficient and timely manner. His knowledge has been admired by his peers.
In his own spare time, PC Brier constructed a General Police Dog Memorial at the Section
with materials provided by a local contractor. This resting ground provides a dedicated and
respectable place of worship to our canine partners.”
Sgt Fa added: “It has been a pleasure to have been part of PC Brier’s development in the
Section and it is sad to see one of my best dog teams leave. I consider his retirement a
valuable loss to the organisation, but he has proven to be a valuable mentor and friend.”
Sgt Fa and the GDP wish PC Brier and his family all the best for the future.