Police rank

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Lists of the ranks of various police agencies and forces all around the world:

Australia[edit]

Generally, all police forces of Australia follow this rank structure with some individual state police forces have ranks differing slightly.

Insignia of rank displayed on epaulette in italics and brackets

For an overview of all distinct state and federal rank structures, see Australian police ranks.

Belgium[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Brazil has several different police forces, each with its own ranks. At a federal level, there are the Federal Police (Policia Federal, the equivalent to the FBI), the Federal Road Police (Policia Rodoviaria Federal) and the Train Network Police (Policia Ferroviaria Federal). At a state level, there are the Military Police (Policia Militar, not to be confused to the Army police, which has a purely internal function) and the Civil Police (Policia Civil). At a city level, there are the City Guard (Guarda Municipal). In terms of staff, the Military Police and the Civil Police are the most important one, although in terms of headlines and prestige, the Federal Police is the one that concentrates most of the media attention.[1]

The Civil Police is responsible for investigating crimes whilst the Military Police is responsible for preventing them to take place, although it is not rare to see their functions clashing and ever so often they actually have open confronts.

The Civil Police is organized accordingly to functions. 'Escrivao' is the low rank position responsible for the internal work inside the police premises (e.g., collecting witness statements). 'Detetive' or 'investigador' (detectives) is the position responsible for actions outside the premises (e.g., investigating the circumstances of a crime), and 'delegado' (similar to Captain in USA) are senior officials (required to have law degrees) responsible for the lower ranks and for coordinating the whole work (investigations) of the Civil Police. The Civil Police also have the assistance of 'peritos', which are the technical body. The Federal Police follows a very similar structure to the Civil Police.

The ranks listed below are valid for the state military police agencies (such as PMMG, PMESP, PMERJ and others) and are listed, respectively, from higher to lower ranks:

The 2nd class soldier and the cadet are considered to be students in the formation courses and have no street policing duties (except in a very few cases, as probationary tours). Despite closely resembling the rank structure within the Brazilian army, there are no rank of general in the military police forces, as the Military Police is slotted under the Army control in case of war, with is colonels slotting under the Army generals.

Canada[edit]

Ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police[2]:

Police Ranks for Provincial (With the exception of the Sûreté du Québec and Alberta Sheriffs) and the majority of Municipal Police Services as follows[3][4][5]:

Police Ranks for the Alberta Sheriffs[6]:

Ranks of the Sûreté du Québec[7]:

Ranks of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal[8]:

Canadian Auxiliary Police Ranks as follows:

Chile[edit]

These are the ranks used by Chilean police services.
POLICIA DE INVESTIGACIONES DE CHILE (PDI)

CARABINEROS DE CHILE
'Officers

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted

China[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Regular Police ranks[edit]

Special Intervention Police ranks[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

TitleTitle in Greek
Chief of PoliceΑρχηγός
Deputy Chief of PoliceΥπαρχηγός
Assistant Chief of PoliceΒοηθός Αρχηγός
Chief SuperintendentΑνώτερος Αστυνόμος
Superintendent A'Αστυνόμος Α'
Superintendent B'Αστυνόμος Β'
Chief InspectorΑνώτερος Υπαστυνόμος
InspectorΥπαστυνόμος
Senior SergeantΑρχιλοχίας
SergeantΛοχίας
Acting Sergeant
Senior Constable
Αναπληρωτής Λοχίας
Αρχιαστυφύλακας
Acting SergeantΑναπληρωτής Λοχίας
Senior ConstableΑρχιαστυφύλακας
ConstableΑστυφύλακας
Special ConstableΕιδικός Αστυφύλακας

Denmark[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Corps de Conception et de Direction[edit]

Corps de Commandement[edit]

Corps d'Encadrement et d'Application[edit]

Emploi Jeune (6 years)[edit]

Germany[edit]

The following ranks are in use by state police forces. Detective Ranks follow the same scheme, replacing the word Polizei with Kriminal, for example a plainclothed detective lieutenant is called Kriminalkommissar. The Federal Police of Germany basically follows the scheme, but deviates in the flag ranks.

Politically appointed[edit]

They are comparable to military flag (General) officers, and are appointed by the state Minister of Interior (Senators of Interior in City-States). For federal agencies the federal Minister of Interior is responsible. They are usually specialists in public administration and have a master-level law degree. Since they are outside of the career system, they receive payment according to the B-scale of public officer payment grades.

Higher echelon[edit]

Comparable to military staff officers, Major and above. The ranks are available for applicants who completed master level university studies, usually in law. It is possible for officers from the elevated echelon to obtain a master degree from the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, so they can enter higher ranks.

Elevated echelon[edit]

Comparable to military officers, Lieutenant and above. The ranks are obtained after receiving a bachelor level degree of a state college of public administration. In several states of Germany this is the lowest echelon for service entry, the medium service echelon is being abolished.

Medium echelon[edit]

Comparable to military non-commissioned officers. Those ranks are usually obtained during or after two years service in training companies (Ausbildungshundertschaften) of the Bereitschaftspolizei. The ranks are indicated by light blue (with blue uniform) or light green (with green-brown uniform) stars.

There have been lower ranks in use in earlier times, with the abolishment of the basic echelon, they have been out of use since the 1980s. The most well-known of these is Wachtmeister (Constable) which still is considered the standard address for a policeman of unknown rank, even though it may now be considered libellous on occasion, given the policeman has a higher rank than mere Wachtmeister.

Pre-commission[edit]

Greece[edit]

The ranks of the Greek police; 1. the Greek name; 2. the old military name; 3. the new ranks (police style).

Hong Kong[edit]

Iceland[edit]

RankTitleIcelandic title
1National CommissionerRíkislögreglustjóri
2Deputy National CommissionerVararíkislögreglustjóri
Police CommissionerLögreglustjóri
Director of the Police CollegeSkólastjóri Lögregluskóla ríkisins
3Deputy CommissionerVaralögreglustjóri í Reykjavík
Staðgengill lögreglustjóra
4Chief Superintendent/Detective Chief SuperintendentYfirlögregluþjónn
5Superintendent/Detective SuperintendentAðstoðaryfirlögregluþjónn
6Chief InspectorAðalvarðstjóri
Detective Chief InspectorLögreglufulltrúi
7InspectorVarðstjóri
Detective InspectorRannsóknarlögreglumaður
8Brevet InspectorStaðgengill Varðstjóra
9Policeman/ConstableLögreglumaður
10TraineeLögreglunemi
Temporarily Employed PolicemanAfleysingamaður í lögreglu
ReservistHéraðslögreglumaður

India[edit]

Main Articles : List of Police Ranks in India and Indian Police Service (I.P.S.)

Gazetted officers include all the Indian Police Service officers and all State Police Services officers of and above the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) or Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in State Police and Metropolitan Police forces respectively.

Ranks of Gazetted Officers[edit]

Ranks of non-Gazetted Officer[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iraq[edit]

The Iraqi Police is made up of three branches, under the command of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, these being the Iraqi Police Service which tasked with general patrol of Iraq's cities, the National Police which are a paramilitary organisation which deals with incidents that are beyond the control of the Iraqi Police, but are not so serious the Iraqi Army are involved, and the supporting force that is made up of the Department of Border Enforcement.[9]

Iraqi Police Service ranks, ordered lowest to highest with symbol on epaulette:[10]

Italy[edit]

See Italian State Police Ranks

Ireland[edit]

Ranks of An Garda Síochána (Guardians of the Peace) the Police service in the Republic of Ireland.

Japan[edit]

 (이경, 二警) 

South Korea[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Generalinis komisaras/Comissionier-General

A class officers[edit]

B class officers[edit]

C class officers[edit]

Macao[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Below shown are the rank structure of the Royal Malaysian Police.

Inspector Grade

Netherlands[edit]

Norway[edit]

Police ranks of Norway
NorwegianPolitidirektørAssisterende
politidirektør
PolitimesterVisepolitimesterPolitiinspektør
og
Politiadvokat
PolitiadvokatPolitifullmektig
RankNational
Police
Commissioner
Assistant
National
Commissioner
Chief of PoliceDeputy
Chief of Police
Assistant
Chief of Police
Police
Prosecutor
Junior Police
Prosecutor
InsigniaNorwegian police rank 001.jpgNorwegian police rank 002.jpgNorwegian police rank 003.jpgNorwegian police rank 004.jpgNorwegian police rank 005.jpgNorwegian police rank 006.jpgNorwegian police rank 007.jpg
NorwegianPolitistasjonssjef
og
Lensmann
PolitioverbetjentPolitiførstebetjentPolitibetjent 3Politibetjent 2Politibetjent 1Politi
reserven
RankPolice Chief
Superintendent
Police
Superintendent
Police
Chief Inspector
Police InspectorPolice SergeantPolice ConstablePolice
Reserve
InsigniaNorwegian police rank 008.jpgNorwegian police rank 009.jpgNorwegian police rank 010.jpgNorwegian police rank 011.jpgNorwegian police rank 012.jpgNorwegian police rank 013.jpgNorwegian police rank 017.jpg

Source: Norwegian National Police[11]

Pakistan Rangers[edit]

The following ranks are observed in the top para-military force of Pakistan

Commissioned officers

Philippines[edit]

The following ranks are observed in the PNP as of 2009 with the following:[12]

Commissioned officers

Note: Rank in Italics is the Army equivalent. There is no Second Lieutenant rank-equivalent in the PNP.

Non-commissioned officers

Note: Rank in Italics is the Army equivalent. There is no Private rank-equivalent in the PNP.

Poland[edit]

Police ranks of Poland
GroupGeneralsSenior OfficersJunior Officers
Polishinspektor
generalny
nadinspektorinspektormłodszy
inspektor
podinspektornadkomisarzkomisarzpodkomisarz
RankGeneral
Inspector
Chief
Inspector
InspectorJunior
Inspector
Deputy
Inspector
Chief
Commissioner
CommissionerDeputy
Commissioner
InsigniaPOL policja generalny inspektor.svgPOL policja nadinspektor.svgPOL policja inspektor.svgPOL policja młodszy inspektor.svgPOL policja podinspektor.svgPOL policja nadkomisarz.svgPOL policja komisarz.svgPOL policja podkomisarz.svg
GroupAspirantsNon-commissioned OfficersConstables
Polishaspirant sztabowystarszy aspirantaspirantmłodszy aspirantsierżant sztabowystarszy sierżantsierżantstarszy posterunkowyposterunkowy
RankStaff
Aspirant
Senior
Aspirant
AspirantJunior
Aspirant
Staff
Sergeant
Senior
Sergeant
SergeantSenior ConstableConstable
InsigniaPOL policja aspirant sztabowy.svgPOL policja starszy aspirant.svgPOL policja aspirant.svgPOL policja młodszy aspirant.svgPOL policja sierżant sztabowy.svgPOL policja starszy sierżant.svgPOL policja sierżant.svgPOL policja starszy posterunkowy.svgPOL policja posterunkowy.svg

Romania[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Below shown are the rank structure of the Singapore Police Force

Sri Lanka[edit]

Gazetted Officers
Non-Gazetted Officers

South Africa[edit]

As from 1 April 2010 the functional rank structure in the South African Police Service (SAPS) is as follows:[13]

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers

Prior to April 2010, the rank structure was as follows:

Spain[edit]

Cuerpo Nacional de Policía

Guardia Civil - Civil Guard

Basque Country[edit]

Ertzaintza - Basque Police

Catalonia[edit]

Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalonian Police

Ranks of the Mossos d'Esquadra
RankMossoCaporalSergentSotsinspectorInspectorIntendentComissariMajor
InsigniaSense galons.gifGalons de caporal.gifSergent.gifSotsinspector.gifInspector.gifIntendent.gifComissari.gifMajor (Mossos d'Esquadra).gif

Navarre[edit]

Policía Foral (Foruzaingoa in Basque) - Navarrese Police

Sweden[edit]

OrderRankTranslation
1.RikspolischefNational Police Commissioner
2.Överdirektör
Chefen för polisavdelningen vid Rikspolisstyrelsen
Rikskriminalchef
Länspolismästare i Stockholms län, Västra Götaland respektive Skåne
Deputy Director-General
Deputy National Police Commissioner, tentative translation
Head of National Criminal Police, tentative translation
Chief Commissioner, Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Skåne County Police Departments respectively
3.Länspolismästare, övriga län
Biträdande länspolismästare i Stockholms län, Västra Götaland respektive Skåne
Chief Commissioner, all other County Police Departments
Deputy Chief Commissioner, Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Skåne County Police Departments respectively
4.Biträdande länspolismästare, övriga län
Polismästare
Polisöverintendent
rektor på Polishögskolan
enhetschef vid Rikspolisstyrelsen
Chief Commissioner, all other County Police Departments
District Police Commissioner
Deputy Police Commissioner
Director of Swedish National Police Academy, tentative translation
Director at the National Police Board, tentative translation
5.PolisintendentChief Superintendent
6.PolissekreterareAssistant Police Commissioner
7.Poliskommissarie med särskild tjänsteställning
Kriminalkommissarie med särskild tjänsteställning
Superintendent
Detective Superintendent
8.Poliskommissarie
Kriminalkommissarie
Chief Inspector
Detective Chief Inspector
9.Polisinspektör med särskild tjänsteställning
Kriminalinspektör med särskild tjänsteställning
Inspector
Detective Inspector
10.Polisinspektör
Kriminalinspektör
Sergeant
Detective Sergeant
11.Polisassistent med minst 4 års anställningSenior Police Constable
12.PolisassistentPolice Constable
13.PolisaspirantPolice Trainee, tentative translation
14.PolisstuderandeStudent at the Swedish National Police Academy, tentative translation

[14] [15]

Taiwan[edit]

Thailand[edit]

สำนักงานตำรวจแห่งชาติ (samnak ngan tamruat haeng chat) - Royal Thai Police

Commissioned officers[edit]

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü - Turkish Police

United Kingdom[edit]

While some smaller or area specific police forces (ports, docks, tunnels etc.) may use variations on, or fewer of, these ranks, most territorial police forces and special police forces have a standard set of 'operational' ranks:

The standard 'Chief Officer' ranks outside of London are:

Within London's Metropolitan Police Service the Chief Officer ranks are:

The City of London Police use similar Chief Officer ranks to the Metropolitan Police Service but with fewer ranks:

A police officer with investigative duties, up to and including the rank of Chief Superintendent, is a detective and the word 'Detective' is prefixed to their rank (e.g. Detective Chief Inspector), except for the rank of Police Constable where the word 'Police' is replaced, making them a Detective Constable.

United States[edit]

The United States police rank model is generally quasimilitary in structure. Although the large and varied number of federal, state, and local police departments and sheriff's office have different ranks, a general model, from highest to lowest rank, would be:

Venezuela[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Công an Nhân dân Việt Nam - People's Police of Vietnam

Commissioned officers[edit]

Highest Rank[edit]

Middle Rank[edit]

Low Rank[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]