Inspector-general of police

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An Inspector General of Police or Inspector-General of Police is a senior officer in the police force or police service of several nations. The rank usually refers to the head of a large regional command within a police service, and in many countries refers to the most senior officer of the entire national police.


In Bangladesh, the Inspector General of Police heads the Bangladesh Police.


In Ghana, Inspector General of Police is the title of the head of the Ghana Police Service.


The insignia of an Inspector General of Police in India.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), in India, till 1973 was the highest rank in the Indian police. Police in the larger Indian states was headed by IGP, a highly selective rank, to which police officers were promoted after 30 years of service. Following the third pay commission, successive government under pressure from the police created three new ranks above an IGP : these are Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Special Director General of Police (SDGP), Director General of Police (DGP).[1]:para 3.2.12 [1] [1]:page 645-46 IGP is no longer a selection grade but a time scale rank in the Police to which all officers are promoted on completion of 18 years of service.[2]:page 20, 34. [3]:p 155-56

Despite the substantial diminution of the span of control and responsibilities of IGP, the old badges of rank remain. The IGPs now have the same span of control as old Senior Superintend of Police. IGPs are usually in-charge range/zone/division in a State. IGP are in Pay-Band 4 (37400-67000) with grade pay Rs 10000, which is the same grade as paid to Joint Secretary with 16 years of service.[2] Delhi Police, which had one Inspector General (IG), till the seventies, now has 12 officers in ranks of ADPG, SDGP, and DGP, which are grades above a IGP. In addition to the several ADPG, SDGP, and DGPs, Delhi Police has several dozen IGPs, as it is a time scale rank to which all officers on completion of 18 years service are automatically promoted. [3]:p 155-56, section 3 [3]: p 177


In Indonesia, an Inspector General of Police (Inspektur Jenderal Polisi) holds the second highest rank of the Indonesian National Police (equivalent to a major general in the Indonesian National Armed Forces).


In Kenya, the top-ranked police officer is the Inspector-General of Police, who has the overall command of the Kenya National Police Service. In the event of a vacancy arising, the procedure for appointment of the Inspector-General is:[4][5]

  • within 14 days the National Police Service Commission (hereafter "the Commission"), by notice in the Gazette and at least two other daily newspapers of national circulation, declares the vacancy, and requests for applications;
  • the Commission conducts public interviews and shortlists at least three persons qualified for the position which are then published in the Gazette;
  • within seven days from shortlisting, the Commission forwards the shortlisted names to the President for nomination;
  • within seven days of receipt of the names, the President nominates a person for appointment and submits the name of the nominee to Parliament for approval;
  • within fourteen days thereafter, Parliament vets and considers the nominee, and either approves or rejects the nomination;
  • Parliament notifies the President as to its approval or rejection;
  • if Parliament approves the nominee, within seven days of receiving the notification the President, by notice in the Gazette, appoints the nominee as the Inspector-General of the National Police Service .
  • where Parliament rejects the nominee submitted by the President, the Speaker of the National Assembly communicates its decision to the President and requests a fresh nominee.
  • in submitting a new nominee, within seven days the President submits to Parliament a fresh nomination from amongst the persons shortlisted and forwarded by the Commission.

The IG is charged with the overall administrative management of the police force, exercises independent command over the National Police Service and performs any other functions prescribed by national legislation. Consequently, (s)he reports directly to the President and is also a member of the National Security Council, chaired by the President.[6] Under the IG are two Deputy Inspector-Generals who command the Kenya Police Service and the Administration Police Service respectively. The Inspector-General is appointed for a single four-year term, and is not eligible for re-appointment. (S)he may be removed from office by the President only on the grounds of:[7]

  • serious violation of the Constitution of Kenya or any other law, including a contravention of Chapter Six of the Constitution;
  • gross misconduct whether in the performance of the office holder’s functions or otherwise;
  • physical or mental incapacity to perform the functions of office;
  • incompetence;
  • bankruptcy; or
  • any other just cause.


In Malawi, the Inspector General of Police is the head of the Malawi Police Force. It is an appointed position in the gift of the President of Malawi.


In Malaysia, the Inspector-General of Police heads the Royal Malaysia Police.


In Nepal, the Inspector General of Police is the highest rank of the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force.


An Inspector-General of Police heads the Nigeria Police Force.


An Inspector General of Police (IGP) is the head of policing in a province of Pakistan. He has 21/22 scale.

Sierra Leone[edit]

In Sierra Leone the Inspector General of Police is the head of the Sierra Leone Police force. He heads the force (nationally), which is one of the oldest continuously operational police services in Africa. He is assisted by a Deputy Inspector General, and several Assistant Inspectors General.[8]

Sri Lanka[edit]

In Sri Lanka, the Inspector General of Police heads the Sri Lanka Police Service.


The Inspector General of Police is the highest rank in the Uganda Police Force (UPF). Since 2001, the position has been held by a two-star military general of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF).

United Kingdom[edit]

In Northern Ireland, the chief officer of the former Royal Ulster Constabulary (now replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland) was titled inspector general until 1970, when following a review the post was renamed chief constable.


  1. ^ a b c Sixth Central Pay Commission (March 2008). "Report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission" (PDF). Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Ministry of Finance. p. 9. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (20 September 2008). "Revision of the pay scales of Indian Administrative Service officers on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission - Amendment to IAS (Pay) Rules.". Department of Personnel and Training North Block, New Delhi. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "INDIAN POLICE SERVICE (PAY) RULES, 2007" (PDF). DOPT. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution. "National Police Service Act, 2011". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution. "The National Police Service Act, 2011". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Kenya Law Reform Commission. "Constitution of Kenya - 240. Establishment of the National Security Council". 
  7. ^ Kenya Law Reform Commission. "Constitution of Kenya - 245. Command of the National Police Service". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Senior team members listed here on the official website of the police.