Deputy commissioner

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A deputy commissioner is a police, income tax or administrative official in many different countries. The rank is commonplace in police forces of Commonwealth countries, usually ranking below the Commissioner.


In all Australian police forces, deputy commissioner is the rank directly below that of commissioner and senior to the rank of assistant commissioner. In all forces, excepting the New South Wales Police Force where the insignia is crossed and wreathed tipstaves surmounted by a crown, the same insignia as that of a lieutenant-general in the army, the insignia is a diamond (or a star, in the case of the Victoria Police), the same as that of a major-general in the army.


The deputy commissioner (popularly abbreviated to "DC") is the executive head of the district, an administrative sub-unit of a divisions. Deputy Commissioner is appointed by the government from a Deputy secretary of B.C.S. Administration Cadre.

Hong Kong[edit]

Hong Kong Police Force have two types of DCs:

India and Pakistan[edit]

The deputy commissioner or District Magistrate is the executive head of a district, an administrative sub-unit of a state. District Magistrate is entrusted with overall responsibility of law & order, implementation of government schemes and is also authorised to hear revenue cases pertaining to the district. District magistrate is also authorised to collect Land Revenue and is therefore also referred collector (revenue) and also to control encroachment of government land in district. In India officers of Indian Administrative Service Cadre are appointed this office and in pakistan usually the District Management Group cadre of the Central Super Services of the Pakistan are appointed to this office[unreliable source?].

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