Police rank

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

Contents

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,

Belgium[edit]

  • Highest commissioned rank
    • Hoofdcommissaris / commissaire divisionnaire (Chief Commissioner)
  • Commissioned rank
    • Commissaris / Commissaire (Commissioner)
  • Senior non commissioned rank
    • Hoofdinspecteur / Inspecteur principal (Chief Inspector/Superintendent)
  • Non commissioned rank
    • Inspecteur / Inspecteur (Inspector, equivalent to Constable or Officer)
  • Auxiliary rank
    • Agent van Politie / Agent de Police (Auxiliary Officer)

Bolivia[edit]

  • Policia Egresado - Graduate Policeman
  • Cabo - Corporal
  • Sargento Segundo - Sergeant
  • Sargento Primero - Staff sergeant
  • Suboficial Segundo - Zone Sergeant
  • Suboficial primero - Technical Sergeant
  • Suboficial mayor - Station Sergeant
  • Suboficial Supervisor - Sergeant Major
  • Subteniente - Second Lieutenant
  • Teniente - Lieutenant
  • Capitan - Captain
  • Mayor - Major
  • Teniente Coronel - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Coronel - Colonel
  • General Director - Brigadier
  • General Superior - Major General of Police
  • General Supervisor - Lieutenant General of Police
  • General Comandante - Director General of Police

Brazil[edit]

Brazil has several different police forces, each with its own ranks. At a federal level, there are the Federal Police (Portuguese: Polícia Federal, the equivalent to the FBI), the Federal Highway Police (Polícia Rodoviária Federal) and the Federal Railway Police (Polícia Ferroviária Federal). At a state level, there are the Military Police (Polícia Militar, a gendarmerie type force not to be confused with the military police of other countries, the Brazilian equivalent of which is the Army Police) and the Civil Police (Polícia Civil). At a city level, there is the Municipal Guard (Guarda Municipal). In terms of staff, the Military Police and the Civil Police are the most important ones, 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. Scrivener (escrivão) is the lower rank position responsible for the internal work inside the police premises (e.g., collecting witness statements). Detective (detetive) or investigator (investigador) is the position responsible for actions outside the premises (e.g., investigating the circumstances of a crime). Delegate (delegado, similar to captain in USA) is the senior official (required to have a law degree) responsible for the lower ranks and for coordinating the whole work (investigations) of the Civil Police. The Civil Police also have the assistance of experts (peritos), which are the technical body. The Federal Police follows a very similar structure to the Civil Police, the same case in the Federal Highway and Railway polices.

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:

  • coronel (colonel)
  • tenente-coronel (lieutenant-colonel)
  • major (major)
  • capitão (captain)
  • 1º tenente (1st lieutenant)
  • 2º tenente (2nd lieutenant)
  • aspirante-a-oficial (cadet, student rank)
  • subtenente (under-lieutenant)
  • 1º sargento (1st sergeant)
  • 2º sargento (2nd sergeant)
  • 3º sargento (3rd sergeant)
  • cabo (corporal)
  • soldado de 1ª classe (Private 1st Class)
  • soldado de 2ª classe (Private 2nd Class, student rank)
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Brazil Brazil
(Military Police)

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No equivalent
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Insignia PM O2.PNG
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Insignia PM O4.PNG
Insignia PM O5.PNG
Insignia PM O6.PNG
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Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Brazil Brazil
(Military Police)

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Insignia PM O8.PNG No equivalent Insignia PM P1.PNG Insignia PM P2.PNG Insignia PM P3.PNG Insignia PM P5.PNG No equivalent
Insignia PM P6.PNG
Subtenente Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Soldado

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 its colonels slotting under the Army generals.

Canada[edit]

Ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police[2]:

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Assistant Commissioner Chief Superintendent Superintendent Inspector
' Sous-commissaire Commissaire adjoint Surintendant principal Surintendant Inspecteur
1 7 26 58 179 348
RCMP Commissioner.png
RCMP Deputy Commissioner.png
RCMP Assistant Commissioner.png
RCMP Chief Superintendent.png
RCMP Superintendent.png
RCMP Inspector.png
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Corps Sergeant Major Sergeant Major Staff Sergeant Major Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Constable
Sergent-major du corps Sergent-major Sergent-major d'état major Sergent d'état-major Sergent Caporal Gendarme
1 1 13 812 1,923 3,377 11,491
RCMP Corps Sergeant Major.png
RCMP Sergeant Major.png
RCMP Staff Sergeant Major.png
RCMP Staff Sergeant.png
RCMP Sergeant.png
RCMP Corporal.png
No Insignia

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 Chief Sheriff Deputy Chief Superintendent Inspector Branch Sergeant Major Sergeant Sheriff III FTO Sheriff III Sheriff II Sheriff I
INSIGNIA
ABSheriffs ChiefSheriff.png
ABSheriff Deputy Chief.png
ABSheriff Superintendent.png
ABSheriff Inspector.png
ABSheriffs SergeantMajor.png
ABSheriff Sergeant.png
ABSheriff FTO.png
No Insignia No Insignia
AB Sheriff 1.png

Ranks of the Sûreté du Québec[7]:

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Director General
of the SQ
(Directeur general)
Directeur adjoint Inspecteur chef Inspecteur Capitaine Lieutenant
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SQ-DGA.png
SQ-INSPC.png
SQ-INSP.png
SQ-CPT.png
SQ-LT.png
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Sergeant Chef d'Equip Agent
SQ-SGT.png
SQ-CE.png
No Insignia

Ranks and insignia of the Kativik Regional Police Force are similar to those of Sûreté du Québec.

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

  • Director (Directeur)
  • Associate Director (Directeur-Adjoint)
  • Assistant Director (Assistant-Directeur)
  • Chief Inspector (Inspecteur Chef)
  • Inspector (Inspecteur)
  • Commander (Commandant de Quartier)
  • Lieutenant / Detective Lieutenant (Lieutenant/Lieutenant Détective)
  • Quarter Sergeant (Sergent de Quartier)
  • Sergeant / Detective Sergeant (Sergent/Sergent Détective)
  • Senior Constable (Agent Sénior)
  • Constable (Agent)

Canadian Auxiliary Police Ranks as follows:

Chile[edit]

These are the ranks used by Chilean police services.

Investigations Police of Chile (PDI)[edit]

Officers

  • Director General
  • Prefecto General
  • Prefecto Inspector
  • Prefecto
  • Subprefecto
  • Comisario
  • Subcomisario
  • Inspector
  • Subinspector
  • Detective
  • Aspirante

Carabineros de Chile[edit]

Officers

Ranks General officers Senior officers Head officers Junior officers
Uniform coat
General officers' cape
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Operational shirt SS.OO.9.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.GENERAL.DIRECTOR.svg SS.OO.8.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.GENERAL.INSPECTOR.svg SS.OO.7.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.GENERAL.svg SS.OO.6.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.5.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.TTE.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.4.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.MAYOR.svg SS.OO.3.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.CAPITÁN.svg SS.OO.2.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.TENIENTE.svg SS.OO.1.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.SUBTENIENTE.svg
Ranks General Director General Inspector General Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Teniente Subteniente
Abbreviation GNRL DIR GNRL INS GNRL CRNL TTE CRNL MAY CAP TTE SUB TTE

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted

Ranks Warrant Officers NCOs Enlisted
Shirt
Cape
Carabinero shirt
PNI.7.CARAB.BLUSA.SOM.svg PNI.6.CARAB.BLUSA.SOF.svg PNI.5.CARAB.BLUSA.SG1..svg PNI.4.CARAB.BLUSA.SG2..svg PNI.3.CARAB.BLUSA.CBO1.svg PNI.2.CARAB.BLUSA.CBO2.svg PNI.1.CARAB.BLUSON.CARABINERO.svg
Operational shirt PNI.7.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.SOM.svg PNI.6.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.SOF.svg PNI.5.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.SG1.svg PNI.4.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.SG2.svg PNI.3.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.CB1.svg PNI.2.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.CB2.svg PNI.1.CARAB.CAMPAÑA.CARABINERO.svg
Ranks Suboficial Mayor Suboficial Sargento 1º Sargento 2° Cabo 1º Cabo 2° Carabinero
Abbreviation (SOM) (SuboF) (SG1) (SG2) (CBO1) (CBO2) (Carab)

China[edit]

Chinese Police Officers under the Ministry of Public Security use rank insignia on both side of shoulders in the duty uniform. Senior officers ranking at Commissioner and Superintendent levels wear these on the white collar uniform, and for Inspector level and below officers wear them on the sky blue collar uniform.

Senior Officers[edit]

  • Police Commissioner (Chinese: 总警监; pinyin: zǒng jǐngjiān): Shoulder insignia: national coat of arms fully circled with a pair of olive branch.
  • Deputy Police Commissioner (Chinese: 副总警监; pinyin: fù zǒng jǐngjiān): Deputy Minister of Public Security, shoulder insignia: national coat of arms partly circled with a pair of olive branch.
  • Superintendent 1st Class (Chinese: 一级警监; pinyin: yījí jǐngjiān): Assistant Commissioner of Police is also wearing this rank, SUPT 1st class normally commands a functional bureau (e.g. CID, Immigration, Traffic, Anti-Smuggling) or a province formation, direct report to DCP. Shoulder insignia: three pips with olive leaves.
  • Superintendent 2nd Class (Chinese: 二级警监; pinyin: èrjí jǐngjiān): Normally is second in charge of a functional bureau, or a province formation, or a city police headquarters commander. Shoulder insignia: two pips with olive leaves.
  • Superintendent 3rd Class (Chinese: 三级警监; pinyin: sānjí jǐngjiān): Normally commands police division of a functional bureau, or the head of a police sub-bureau of a city. Shoulder insignia: one pip with olive leaves.
  • Inspector 1st Class (Chinese: 一级警督; pinyin: yījí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: three pips with two silver bars.
  • Inspector 2nd Class (Chinese: 二级警督; pinyin: èrjí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: two pips with two silver bars.
  • Inspector 3rd Class (Chinese: 三级警督; pinyin: sānjí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: one pip with two silver bars.

Administrative positions do not exactly tally with ranks among Inspector level and junior officers, admin positions (from PC to Station Commander or even Deputy Chief of a sub-Bureau), are various and flexible, it depends on each individual's qualifications and multiple skills, performance efficiency and effectiveness, years of service, personality and communication ability, potential leadership. Loyal and qualified officers with no misconduct record, are eligible to get rank promotion every four years (only applicable from Sgt 1st class to Insp 1st class). For example, a normal PC holding a non-commissioned position during his/her entire police career, with the increasing years of service, the highest rank he/she may attain is either Insp 3rd class (for high school and below qualification holders), or Insp 1st class (for university graduated certificate holders). Alternatively, young officers who are holding university degree(regardless of disciplines and majors), usually after three years of service, once his/her overall performance and ability meet operation needs, recommended by his/her team leader or a higher commanding officer, may have chance to get promoted (as sub-unit commander, detective supervisor...).

Officers at this mid-rank level play very important roles as the "Cornerstone" of the national police force. As most of them have already served quite long years, with accumulated work experiences, no matter standing at commanding or non-commanding position, they are either undertaking major responsibilities in public security or nurturing young officers with self model behaviours and proper instructions.

Junior Officers[edit]

  • Sergeant 1st Class (Chinese: 一级警司; pinyin: yījí jǐngsī): Highest admin position at this rank can be Station Commander, or Operations Squad Leader and sub-Unit Commander/Section Head at a police bureau or sub-bureau, normally in charge of a detective case or a common police raid operation. Shoulder insignia: three pips with one silver bar.
  • Sergeant 2nd Class (Chinese: 二级警司; pinyin: èrjí jǐngsī): University degree holder's entry ranking level is Sgt 2 class. Other than basic duties, also attend and assist sub-unit commander/section head in handling all kinds of cases. Sometimes is second in charge or Acting Commander during a case or operation. Shoulder insignia: two pips with one silver bar.
  • Sergeant 3rd Class (Chinese: 三级警司; pinyin: sānjí jǐngsī): Other than basic duties, also attend and assist sub-unit commander/section head in handling all kinds of cases. Shoulder insignia: one pip with one silver bar.
  • Constable 1st Class (Chinese: 一级警员; pinyin: yījí jǐngyuán): Perform road patrol and vehicle command duties. Shoulder insignia: two pips.
  • Constable 2nd Class (Chinese: 二级警员; pinyin: èrjí jǐngyuán): Perform road patrol and vehicle command duties. Shoulder insignia: one pip.

Loyal and qualified officers with no misconduct record, are eligible to attain rank promotion at every three-year of service (only applicable from PC 2nd class to Sgt 1st class). Rank does not have any connection with position, it can only shows how many years you have been work for police unit.

  • Probationary Constable (Chinese: 见习警员; pinyin: jiànxí jǐngyuán): Might be attaching to any of police stations or sub-units to familiar with the real police operations. The probationary period normally is one year. Shoulder insignia: two chevrons.
  • Recruit (Chinese: 学警; pinyin: xuéjǐng): Students at the police training school. Shoulder insignia: one chevron.

People's Armed Police[edit]

The People's Armed Police, as part of the People's Liberation Army, uses the same ranks and uniform as the PLA itself, save for the China Coast Guard which uses navy-style ranks and uniform plus the China Maritime Safety Administration.

Officers[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
China People's Republic of China No equivalent
General
Lieutenant General
Major General
Colonel Commandant
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
First Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
Officer Cadet
General
上将
Lieutenant General
中将
Major General
少将
Colonel Commandant
大校
Colonel
上校
Lieutenant Colonel
中校
Major
少校
Captain
上尉
First Lieutenant
中尉
Second Lieutenant
少尉
Officer Cadet
学员

Non-commissioned Officers & Enlisted[edit]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
China People's Republic of China CAPF-0709-1CSGT.png CAPF-0708-2CSGT.png CAPF-0707-3CSGT.png CAPF-0706-4CSGT.png CAPF-0705-SSG.png CAPF-0704-SGT.png CAPF-0703-CPL.png CAPF-0702-PFC.png CAPF-0701-PVT.png
Chief Sergeant 1st Class
(一级军士长)
Chief Sergeant 2nd Class
(二级军士长)
Chief Sergeant 3rd Class
(三级军士长)
Chief Sergeant 4th Class
(四级军士长)
Sergeant
(上士)
Corporal
(中士)
Lance Corporal
(下士)
Private 1st Class
(上等兵)
Private
(列兵)

Croatia[edit]

Regular Police ranks[edit]

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  • Police Director (Ravnatelj policije)
  • Deputy Police Director (Zamjenik ravnatelja policije)
  • Major Police advisor (Glavni policijski savjetnik)
  • Police advisor (Policijski savjetnik)
  • Major Police inspector (Glavni policijski inspektor)
  • Independent Police inspector (Samostalni policijski inspektor)
  • Upper Police inspector (Viši policijski inspektor)
  • Police inspector (Policijski inspektor)
  • Independent Police sergeant (Samostalni policijski narednik)
  • Upper Police sergeant (Viši policijski narednik)
  • Police sergeant (Policijski narednik)
  • Independent Police officer (Samostalni policajac)
  • Upper Police officer (Viši policajac)
  • Police officer (Policajac)
  • Probationer with college (Vježbenik više i visoke stručne spreme)
  • Probationer with secondary school (Vježbenik Srednje Stručne Spreme)

Special Intervention Police ranks[edit]

  • Commander of intervention Police (Zapovjednik interventne policije)
  • Deputy of commander of intervention Police (Pomoćnik zapovjednika interventne policije)
  • Instructor in headquarters of intervention Police (Instruktor u zapovjedništvu interventne policije)
  • Commander of intervention Police unit (Zapovjednik jedinice interventne policije)
  • Deputy of commander of intervention Police unit (Zamjenik zapovjednika jedinice interventne policije)
  • Commander of troop in intervention Police (Zapovjednik satnije)
  • Deputy of commander of troop in intervention Police (Pomoćnik zapovjednika satnije)
  • Commander of platoon in intervention Police - instructor (Zapovjednik voda- instruktor)
  • Commander of section in intervention Police(Zapovjednik odjeljenja)
  • Leader of intervention group (Vođa interventne grupe)
  • Police officer in intervention group (Interventni policajac)

Cyprus[edit]

Title Title in Greek
Chief of Police Αρχηγός
Deputy Chief of Police Υπαρχηγός
Assistant Chief of Police Βοηθός Αρχηγός
Chief Superintendent Ανώτερος Αστυνόμος
Superintendent A' Αστυνόμος Α'
Superintendent B' Αστυνόμος Β'
Chief Inspector Ανώτερος Υπαστυνόμος
Inspector Υπαστυνόμος
Senior Sergeant Αρχιλοχίας
Sergeant Λοχίας
Acting Sergeant
Senior Constable
Αναπληρωτής Λοχίας
Αρχιαστυφύλακας
Acting Sergeant Αναπληρωτής Λοχίας
Senior Constable Αρχιαστυφύλακας
Constable Αστυφύλακας
Special Constable Ειδικός Αστυφύλακας

Denmark[edit]

Danish National Police Rank Insignia
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Rank Rigspolitichefen Politidirektør, Vicepolitidirektør, Vicerigspolitichef or Politimester Chefpolitiinspektør or Chefanklager Vicepolitimester, Chefanklager, Politiinspektør or Chefpolitiinspektør Vicepolitiinspektør Politikommissær Politiassistent af 1. grad Politiassistent af 2. grad Politibetjent
EN Rank National Police Commissioner Chief of Police, Chief Inspector, Chief Prosecutor Deputy Chief of Police, Chief Inspector, Inspector Deputy Inspector Commissioner Police Constable First Class Police Constable Police officer

Estonia[edit]

  • General of Police (Politseikindral)
  • Inspector-General of Police (Politseikindralinspektor)
  • Colonel (Politseikolonel)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Politseikolonelleitnant)
  • Major (Politseimajor)
  • Captain (Politseikapten)
  • Lieutenant (Politseileitnant)
  • Senior Superintendent (Vanemkomissar)
  • Superintendent (Komissar)
  • Head Constable, Chief Inspector (Ülemkonstaabel, üleminspektor)
  • Senior Constable, Senior Inspector (Vanemkonstaabel, vaneminspektor)
  • Constable, Inspector (Konstaabel, inspektor)
  • Basic Constable, Sub-inspector (Nooremkonstaabel, nooreminspektor)

Finland[edit]

  • National Police Commissioner (poliisiylijohtaja)
  • Deputy National Police Commissioner (poliisijohtaja)
  • Chief Superintendent (poliisitarkastaja)
  • Police chief (poliisipäällikkö)
  • Deputy Police Chief (apulaispoliisipäällikkö)
  • Superintendent (ylikomisario)
  • Chief Inspector (komisario)
  • Sergeant (ylikonstaapeli)
  • Senior Constable (vanhempi konstaapeli)
  • Constable (nuorempi konstaapeli)

France[edit]

Police Nationale[edit]

Corps de Conception et de Direction[edit]

  • Director General of the National Police (Directeur général de la police nationale)
  • Director of Active Services (Directeur des services actifs)
  • Inspector General (Inspecteur général or Directeur)
  • Superintendent General (Contrôleur général)
  • General Commissioner (Commissaire général)
  • Divisional Commissioner (Commissaire divisionnaire)
  • Principal Commissioner (Commissaire principal)
  • Commissioner (Commissaire de police)

Corps de Commandement[edit]

  • Police Divisional Major (Commandant Divisionnaire)
  • Police Major (Commandant de Police)
  • Police Captain (Capitaine de Police)
  • Police Lieutenant (Lieutenant de Police)
  • Intern Police Lieutenant (Lieutenant de Police stagiaire)
  • Student Police Lieutenant (élève Lieutenant de Police)

Corps d'Encadrement et d'Application[edit]

  • Police (Sergeant) Major (Major de police)
  • Police Chief Brigadier (Brigadier-chef de police)
  • Police Brigadier Brigadier de police
  • Peace Guard (Gardien de la Paix)
  • Intern Peace Guard (Gardien de la Paix stagiaire)
  • Student Peace Guard (élève Gardien de la Paix)

Gendarmerie[edit]

Officiers (Officers)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank
Général d'Armée
(General)
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Général de Corps d'Armée
(Lieutenant General)
Général corps d'armée gend.svg
Général de Division
(Major General)
Général division gend.svg
Général de Brigade
(Brigadier General)
Général brigade gend.svg
Colonel
(Colonel)
Col gd.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel
(Lieutenant Colonel)
Lcl gd.svg
Chef d'Escadron
(Squadron Leader)
(Major)
Cen gd.svg
Capitaine
(Captain)
Cne gd.svg
Lieutenant
(Lieutenant)
Ltn gd.svg
Sous-Lieutenant
(Sub-Lieutenant)
(Second Lieutenant)
Slt gd.svg
Aspirant
(Aspirant)
Aspirant gend.svg
Élève Officier
(Officer Cadet)
Élève officier eogn.svg

Sous-officers (Sub-Officers)

Grade
(Rank)
Insignia Rank
Major
Major gd.svg
Adjudant-Chef
(Regimental Sergeant Major)
(Warrant Officer Class One)
Adc gd.svg
Adjudant
(Squadron Sergeant Major)
(Warrant Officer Class Two)
Adj gd.svg
Maréchal des Logis-Chef
(Chief Marshal of Lodgings)
(Staff Sergeant)
Mdc gd.svg
Gendarme
(Gendarme)
(Sergeant)
Gend gd.svg
Gendarme sous contrat
(Junior Gendarme)
(Sergeant)
Gend sc gd.svg
Élève Sous-officer
(Sub-Officer Cadet)
Élève esog.svg

Hommes du rang > Volontaires + Réservistes (Serviceman of the Rank)

Grade
(Rank)
Insignia Rank
Départementale & Mobile
Aspirant de Gendarmerie Issu du Volontariat
(AGIV, Volunteer Lieutenant)
None.svg
Gendarme Adjoint Maréchal-des-logis
(Deputy Gendarme Marshal of Lodgings)
(Sergeant)
Gav mdl.svg
Gendarme Adjoint Brigadier Chef
(Deputy Gendarme Chief-Brigadier)
(Corporal)
Gav bch.svg
Gendarme Adjoint Brigadier
(Deputy Gendarme Brigadier)
(Lance Corporal)
Gav bri.svg
Gendarme Adjoint Volontaire 1ère Classe
(Volunteer Deputy Gendarme First Class)
Gav 1cl.svg
Gendarme Adjoint Volontaire
(Volunteer Deputy Gendarme)
Gav gav.svg

Police Municipale[edit]

Directors[edit]

  • Services director ("Directeur de service")

- 3rd class (exceptional) - 2nd class (superior) - 1st class (normal)

Chiefs[edit]

  • Service chief ("Chef de service")

Deputies[edit]

  • Principal Chief Brigadier ("Brigadier-chef principal")
  • Chief Brigadier ("Brigadier-chef")
  • Brigadier
  • Sergeant ("Gardien principal")
  • Deputy ("Gardien de police municipale")
  • Intern deputy ("Gardien stagiaire")

Germany[edit]

Rank insignia of the Brandenburg police

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.

  • President of the Federal Police (Präsident des Bundespolizeipräsidiums), the highest police rank, only used by the Federal Police, responsible to the federal Ministry of Interior
  • President of Police (Polizeipräsident), commands an independent regional authority of state police (Polizeipräsidium, Landespolizeidirektion, or similar), directly subordinated to the corresponding state ministry of interior.
  • Vice President of Police (Polizeivizepräsident or Vizepräsident), also used in some states, serves as assistant to the state police commander
  • Inspector of/Director of (stand-by) police (Inspekteur/Direktor der Bereitschaftspolizei), this rank is named differently in some states. The officer commands the stand-by police forces of the state.

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's degree from the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, so they can enter higher ranks.

  • Police Chief Director (Leitender Polizeidirektor) acts as lieutenant to the President of Police or heading a branch service of state police. As a career position it corresponds to grade A16. Four gold stars on shoulder patch.
  • Police Director (Polizeidirektor), commands a subdivision of a regional authority of state police, either territorial (encompassing roughly one or two Districts of Germany districts) or by branches (traffic, crime). Grade A15. 3 gold stars.
  • Police Senior Councillor (Polizeioberrat), grade A14. 2 gold stars.
  • Police Councillor (Polizeirat), commands a local police division (Polizeiinspektion) or special branch; grade A13. 1 gold star.

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.

  • First Police Chief Inspector (Erster Polizeihauptkommissar), may serve in lieu of a Police Councillor, grade A13. 4 silver stars (in some states 5).
  • Police Chief Inspector (Polizeihauptkommissar), grades A11 and A12. 3 silver stars, in some states 4 stars when in grade A12.
  • Police Senior Inspector (Polizeioberkommissar), grade A10, 2 silver stars.
  • Police Inspector (Polizeikommissar), grade A9, 1 silver star.

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.

  • Police Chief Master (upgraded pay) (Polizeihauptmeister mit Amtszulage), may serve in lieu of a Police Inspector, grade A9 with upgrade, 4 or 5 stars.
  • Police Chief Master (Polizeihauptmeister), grade A9, 4 stars.
  • Police Senior Master (Polizeiobermeister), grade A8, 3 stars.
  • Police Master (Polizeimeister), grade A7, 2 stars.
  • Chief Constable (Hauptwachtmeister), grade A6, 1 star (only in a few states, usually during service in the Bereitschaftspolizei).
  • Senior Constable (Oberwachtmeister) (only in a few states, usually during service in the Bereitschaftspolizei), grade A5.

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 condescending, given the policeman has a higher rank than mere Wachtmeister.

Pre-commission[edit]

  • Candidates (Anwärter), usually the word is appended to the rank, to which the person is going to be commissioned, e.g. Polizeikommissaranwärter. Pay is a reduced amount of the corresponding rank.

Haiti[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Gazetted

Inspectorate

Junior Police Officer (Rank and File)

Iceland[edit]

# Title English translation
1 Ríkislögreglustjóri National Police Commissioner
2 Aðstoðarríkislögreglustjóri Deputy National Police Commissioner
Lögreglustjóri Police Commissioner
3 Aðstoðarlögreglustjóri Deputy Police Commissioner
4 Yfirlögregluþjónn (Detective) Chief Superintendent
5 Aðstoðaryfirlögregluþjónn (Detective) Superintendent
6 Aðalvarðstjóri Chief Inspector
Lögreglufulltrúi Detective Chief Inspector
7 Varðstjóri Inspector
Rannsóknarlögreglumaður Detective Inspector
8 Lögreglumaður Police Constable
9 Lögreglunemi Police Cadet
Afleysingamaður í lögreglu Temporary Replacement Police Constable
Héraðslögreglumaður Temporarily hired constable

India[edit]

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]

Indonesian Police Ranks:

Worn on: High Ranking officers Middle Ranking officers First Ranking officers
Ceremonial Uniform (PDU) PDU JEN.png PDU KOMJEN KOM.png PDU IRJEN KOM.png PDU BRIGJEN KOM.png PDU KOMBES KOM.png PDU AKBP KOM.png PDU KOMPOL KOM.png PDU AKP KOM.png PDU IPTU KOM.png PDU IPDA KOM.png
Service Uniform (PDH) PDH JEN.png PDH KOMJEN KOM.png PDH IRJEN KOM.png PDH BRIGJEN KOM.png PDH KOMBES KOM.png PDH AKBP KOM.png PDH KOMPOL KOM.png PDH AKP KOM.png PDH IPTU KOM.png PDH IPDA KOM.png
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
PDL JEN.png PDL KOMJEN KOM.png PDL IRJEN KOM.png PDL BRIGJEN KOM.png PDL KOMBES KOM.png PDL AKBP KOM.png PDL KOMPOL KOM.png PDL AKP KOM.png PDL IPTU KOM.png PDL IPDA KOM.png
Rank: Police General Commissioner General of Police Inspector General of Police Brigadier General Police Chief commissioner Police Superintendent Police Commissioner Police
Chief Inspector
Police Inspector
1st Class
Police Inspector
2nd Class
Worn on: Asst. Inspector Brigadiers (NCO/Constable)
Ceremonial Uniform (PDU) PDU AIPTU KOM.png PDU AIPDA KOM.png PDU BRIPKA KOM.png PDU BRIG KOM.png PDU BRIPTU KOM.png PDU BRIPDA KOM.png
Service Uniform (PDH) PDH AIPTU KOM.png PDH AIPDA KOM.png PDH BRIPKA KOM.png PDH BRIP KOM.png PDH BRIPTU KOM.png PDH BRIPDA KOM.png
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
PDL AIPTU KOM.png PDL AIPDA KOM.png PDL BRIPKA KOM.png PDL BRIP KOM.png PDL BRIPTU KOM.png PDL BRIPDA KOM.png
Rank: Police
Sub-inspector
1st Class
Police
Sub-inspector
2nd Class
Police Chief
Brigadier
Police Brigadier Police
First Brigadier
Police
Second Brigadier
Worn on: Enlisted
Ceremonial Uniform (PDU) PDU ABRIP KOM.png PDU ABRIPTU KOM.png PDU ABRIPDA KOM.png PDU BHARAKA KOM.png PDU BHARATU KOM.png PDU BHARADA KOM.png
Service Uniform (PDH) PDH ABRIP KOM.png PDH ABRIPTU KOM.png PDH ABRIPDA KOM.png PDH BHARAKA KOM.png PDH BHARATU KOM.png PDH BHARADA KOM.png
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
PDL ABRIP KOM.png PDL ABRIPTU KOM.png PDL ABRIPDA KOM.png PDL BHARAKA KOM.png PDL BHARATU KOM.png PDL BHARADA KOM.png
Rank: Police Brigadier
Adjutant
Police
Brigadier Adjutant
1st class
Police
Brigadier Adjutant
2nd class
Chief
Agent
Agent Second
Agent

Iran[edit]

Police Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks

NAJA.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (NAJA)
Police General Police Lieutenant General Police Major General Police Brigadier General Police Second Brigadier General Police Colonel Police Lieutenant Colonel Police Major Police Captain Police First Lieutenant Police Second Lieutenant Police Third Lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد Persian: سپهبد Persian: سرلشکر Persian: سرتیپ Persian: سرتیپ دوم Persian: سرهنگ Persian: سرهنگ دوم Persian: سرگرد Persian: سروان Persian: ستوان یکم Persian: ستوان دوم Persian: ستوان سوم
20-Arteshbod-Naja.svg
19-Sepahbod - Naja.png
18-Sarlashgar - Naja.png
17-Sartip - Naja.png
16-Sartip 2 - Naja.svg
15-Sarhang - Naja.png
14-Sarhang 2 - Naja.png
13-Sargord - Naja.png
12-Sarvan - Naja.png
11-Sotvan 1 - Naja.png
10-Sotvan 2 - Naja.png
9-Sotvan 3 - Naja.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (NAJA)
Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major(Staff) Sergeant First Class / First Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Senior Policeman Policeman
Persian: استوار یکم Persian: استوار دوم Persian: گروهبان یکم Persian: گروهبان دوم Persian: گروهبان سوم Persian: سرجوخه Persian: سرباز یکم Persian: سرباز دوم Persian: سرباز
8-Ostovar 1 - Naja.png
7-Ostovar 2 - Naja.png
6-Grouhban 1 - Naja.png
5-Grouhban 2 - Naja.png
4-Grouhban 3 - Naja.png
3-Sarjukhe - Naja.png
2-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png
1-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png
0-Sarbaz 0 - Naja.png

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 Federal Police (earlier was called 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.[10]

Iraqi Police officers ranks are the same that of Iraqi army ordered lowest to highest with symbol on epaulette:

  • Colonel general (فريق اول): one silver eagle, two silver stars and two silver crossed swords
  • Lieutenant general (فريق): one silver eagle, one silver star and two silver crossed swords
  • Major general (لواء): one silver eagle and two silver crossed swords
  • Brigadier (عميد): one silver eagle and three silver stars
  • Colonel (عقيد): one silver eagle and two silver stars
  • Lieutenant colonel (مقدم): one silver eagle and one silver star
  • Major (رائد): one silver eagle
  • Captain (نقيب): three silver stars
  • First lieutenant (ملازم اول): two silver stars
  • Lieutenant (ملازم): one silver star

Republic of Ireland[edit]

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

A Garda allocated to detective 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 Sergeant).

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • Commissioner General (Japanese: 警察庁長官, Keisatsu-chō Chōkan): the Chief of National Police Agency. The rank outside. 1 capacity.
  • Superintendent General (警視総監, Keishi-sōkan): the Chief of Metropolitan Police Department. 1 capacity.
  • Senior Commissioner (警視監, Keishi-kan): Deputy Commissioner General, Deputy Superintendent General, the Chief of Regional Police Bureau, the Chief of Prefectural Police Headquarters, others.
  • Commissioner (警視長, Keishi-chō): the Chief of Prefectural Police Headquarters.
  • Assistant commissioner (警視正, Keishi-sei): the Chief of Police Station (large). National Police Agency officers occupy the higher ranks above it.
  • Superintendent (警視, Keishi): the Chief of Police Station (small or middle), the Vice Commanding Officer of Police Station, Commander of Riot Unit.
  • Police Chief Inspector (警部, Keibu): Squad Commander of Police Station, Leader of Riot Company.
  • Inspector (警部補, Keibu-ho): Squad Sub-Commander of Police Station, Leader of Riot Platoon. National Police Officer 1st class's career start from this rank.
  • Sergeant (巡査部長, Junsa-buchō): Field supervisor, Leader of Police box. National Police Officer 2nd class's career start from this rank.
  • Senior Police Officer (巡査長, Junsa-chō): Honorary rank of Police Officer.
  • Police officer, (巡査, Junsa): Prefectural Police Officer's career start from this rank.

Kenya[edit]

The Kenya Police wear badges of rank on the shoulders (Inspector-GeneralInspector) and sleeve (Senior SergeantConstable) of their uniform to denote their rank. In line with the ongoing reforms, the uniforms committee is also working on new insignia for the revised rank structure, which will have to be approved by the National Police Service Commission. The order of Kenya Police ranks is as follows:

Former Kenya Police ranks and insignia can be found at this reference.

South Korea[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Ranks of Latvian State police (Latvian: Valsts policija)

  • Ģenerālis/Police general
  • Pulkvedis/Colonel
  • Pulkvežleitnants/Lieutenant Colonel
  • Majors/Major
  • Kapteinis/Captain
  • Virsleitnants/First lieutenant
  • Leitnants/Lieutenant
  • Virsnieka vietnieks/Warrant Officer
  • Virsseržants/First sergeant
  • Seržants/Sergeant
  • Kaprālis/Corporal
  • Kursants
  • Ierindnieks/Private

Lithuania[edit]

Generalinis komisaras/Commissioner-General

A class officers[edit]

  • Vyriausiasis komisaras/Chief Commissioner
  • Vyresnysis komisaras/Senior commissioner
  • Komisaras/Commissioner

B class officers[edit]

  • Komisaras inspektorius/Commissioner inspector
  • Vyresnysis inspektorius/Chief inspector
  • Inspektorius/Inspector

C class officers[edit]

  • Viršila/Sergeant
  • Vyresnysis policininkas/Police officer 1st class
  • Policininkas/Police officer
  • Jaunesnysis policininkas/Junior police officer

Luxembourg[edit]

The Grand Ducal Police of Luxembourg has the following ranks (from top to bottom):

  • Director General (directeur général)
  • Assistant Director General (directeur général adjoint)
  • First Division Commissioner (1er commissaire divisionnaire)
  • Division Commissioner (commissaire divisionnaire)
  • Assistant Division Commissioner (commissaire divisionnaire adjoint)
  • First Senior Commissioner (1er commissaire principal)
  • Senior Commissioner (commissaire principal)
  • Chief Commissioner (commissaire en chef)
  • Commissioner (commissaire)
  • Chief Inspector (inspecteur-chef)
  • First Inspector (premier inspecteur)
  • Inspector (inspecteur)
  • Assistant Inspector (inspecteur adjoint)
  • Chief Brigadier (brigadier-chef)
  • Senior Brigadier (brigadier principal)
  • First Brigadier (premier brigadier)
  • Brigadier (brigadier)

Macau[edit]

The Public Security Police Force of Macau (CPSP) includes the following categories, ranks and respective main functions :[11]

  • Senior ranks
    Superintendent general (Portuguese: superintendente-geral): commander of the CPSP,
    Superintendent (superintendente): deputy commander of the CPSP,
    Intendent (intendente): commanding officer of level I units,
    Sub-Intendent (subintendente): commanding officer of level II units,
    Commissioner (comissário): commanding officer of level III units,
    Sub-commissioner (subcomissário): commanding officer of level IV units,
    Chief (chefe): commanding officer of level V units,
    Sub-chief (subchefe): coordinator of complex tasks;
  • Basic ranks
    Principal constable (guarda principal): coordinator of simple tasks,
    Constable first class (guarda de primeira): executor of operational, technical or administrative tasks,
    Constable (guarda): executor of operational, technical or administrative tasks.

Macedonia[edit]

  • General Police Counselor (Macedonian: Генерален полициски советник, Generalen policiski sovetnik)
  • Chief Police Counselor (Macedonian: Главен полициски советник, Glaven policiski sovetnik)
  • Senior Police Counselor (Macedonian: Виш полициски советник, Viš policiski sovetnik)
  • Police Counselor (Macedonian: Полициски советник, Policiski sovetnik)
  • Chief Inspector (Macedonian: Главен инспектор, Glaven inspektor)
  • Independent Inspector (Macedonian: Самостоен инспектор, Samostoen inspektor)
  • Senior Inspector (Macedonian: Виш инспектор, Viš inspektor)
  • Inspector (Macedonian: Инспектор, Inspektor)
  • Junior Inspector (Macedonian: Помлад инспектор, Pomlad inspektor)
  • Chief Policeman (Macedonian: Главен полицаец, Glaven policaec)
  • Senior Policeman (Macedonian: Виш полицаец, Viš policaec)
  • Policeman (Macedonian: Полицаец, Policaec)

Malaysia[edit]

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

Inspector Grade

Mexico[edit]

Accordin to the General Law for the National System for Public Security, the Federal, State and Municipal Police Forces will establish his hierarchical organization, at less considering the following ranks categories:

  • Basic Scale Ladder:
    • Constable
    • Leading Constable
    • Senior Constable
    • Sergeant
  • Officers:
    • Subofficer
    • Officer.
    • Subinspector
  • Inspectors:
    • Inspector.
    • Chief Inspector
    • Superintendent
  • Commissioners:
    • Commissioner
    • Chief Commissioner.
    • Deputy Commissioner general
  • Commissioner generals:
    • Commissioner General

Netherlands[edit]

Police ranks of the Netherlands
Rank First Chief Commissioner
(Eerste Hoofdcommissaris)
Chief Commissioner
(Hoofdcommissaris)
Chief Superintendent
(Commissaris)
Superintendent
(Hoofdinspecteur)
Inspector
(Inspecteur)
Sergeant
(Brigadier)
Shoulder Dutch Police Rank Eerste Hoofdcommissaris.png Dutch Police Rank Hoofdcommissaris.png Dutch Police Rank Commissaris.png Dutch Police Rank Hoofdinspecteur.png Dutch Police Rank Inspecteur.png Dutch Police Rank Brigadier.png
Sleeve Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Eerste Hoofdcommissaris.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Hoofdcommissaris.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Commissaris.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Hoofdinspecteur.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Inspecteur.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Brigadier.png
Rank Senior Constable
(Hoofdagent)
Constable
(Agent)
Police Patrol Officer
(Surveillant)
Police Trainee
(Aspirant)
Non Executive Employee
(Niet-Executieve Medewerker)
Shoulder Dutch Police Rank Hoofdagent.png Dutch Police Rank Agent.png Dutch Police Rank Surveillant.png Dutch Police Rank Aspirant.png
Sleeve Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Hoofdagent.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Agent.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Surveillant.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Aspirant.png Ranks Dutch police wikimedia by venturedesign 300dpi Boa.png

Norway[edit]

Police ranks of Norway
Norwegian Politidirektør Assisterende
politidirektør
Politimester Visepolitimester Politiinspektør
og
Politiadvokat
Politiadvokat Politifullmektig
Rank National
Police
Commissioner
Assistant
National
Commissioner
Chief of Police Deputy
Chief of Police
Assistant
Chief of Police
Police
Prosecutor
Junior Police
Prosecutor
Insignia Norwegian police rank 13.svg Norwegian police rank 12.svg Norwegian police rank 11.svg Norwegian police rank 10.svg Norwegian police rank 9.svg Norwegian police rank 8.svg Norwegian police rank 7.svg
Norwegian Politistasjonssjef
og
Lensmann
Politioverbetjent Politiførstebetjent Politibetjent 3 Politibetjent 2 Politibetjent 1 Politi
reserven
Rank Police Chief
Superintendent
Police
Superintendent
Police
Chief Inspector
Police Inspector Police Sergeant Police Constable Police
Reserve
Insignia Norwegian police rank 6.svg Norwegian police rank 5.svg Norwegian police rank 4.svg Norwegian police rank 3.svg Norwegian police rank 2.svg Norwegian police rank 1.svg Norwegian police rank 0.svg

Source: Norwegian National Police[12]

Pakistan[edit]

The following ranks are observed in the various police organisations across Pakistan (Lowest to highest ranks)

  • 1. Constable
  • 2. Head Constable (HC)
  • 3. Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI)
  • 4. Sub Inspector (SI)
  • 5. Inspector (IP)
  • 6. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)/ Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
  • 7. Superintendent of Police (SP)
  • 8. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)
  • 9. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)
  • 10. Additional Inspector General of Police (Add.IG)
  • 11. Inspector General of Police (IGP)

Philippines[edit]

The following ranks are observed in the PNP as of 2009 with the following:[13]

Commissioned officers

  • Director General - General
  • Deputy Director General (DDG) - Lieutenant General
  • Director (Dir.) - Major General
  • Chief Superintendent (C/Supt.) - Brigadier General
  • Senior Superintendent (S/Supt.) - Colonel
  • Superintendent (Supt.) - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Chief Inspector (C/Insp.) - Major
  • Senior Inspector (S/Insp.) - Captain
  • Inspector (Insp.) - Lieutenant

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

Non-commissioned officers

  • Senior Police Officer IV (SPO4) - Senior Master Sergeant / Chief Master Sergeant
  • Senior Police Officer III (SPO3) - Master Sergeant
  • Senior Police Officer II (SPO2) - Technical Sergeant
  • Senior Police Officer I (SPO1) - Staff Sergeant"
  • Police Officer III (PO3) - Sergeant
  • Police Officer II (PO2) - Corporal
  • Police Officer I (PO1) - Private First Class

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

Poland[edit]

Police ranks of Poland
Group Generals Senior Officers Junior Officers
Polish generalny inspektor Policji nadinspektor inspektor młodszy
inspektor
podinspektor nadkomisarz komisarz podkomisarz
Rank Inspector
General of Police
Chief
Inspector
Inspector Junior
Inspector
Deputy
Inspector
Chief
Commissioner
Commissioner Deputy
Commissioner
Insignia POL policja generalny inspektor.svg POL policja nadinspektor.svg POL policja inspektor.svg POL policja młodszy inspektor.svg POL policja podinspektor.svg POL policja nadkomisarz.svg POL policja komisarz.svg POL policja podkomisarz.svg
Group Aspirants Non-commissioned Officers Constables
Polish aspirant sztabowy starszy aspirant aspirant młodszy aspirant sierżant sztabowy starszy sierżant sierżant starszy posterunkowy posterunkowy
Rank Staff
Aspirant
Senior
Aspirant
Aspirant Junior
Aspirant
Staff
Sergeant
Senior
Sergeant
Sergeant Senior Constable Constable
Insignia POL policja aspirant sztabowy.svg POL policja starszy aspirant.svg POL policja aspirant.svg POL policja młodszy aspirant.svg POL policja sierżant sztabowy.svg POL policja starszy sierżant.svg POL policja sierżant.svg POL policja starszy posterunkowy.svg POL policja posterunkowy.svg

Portugal[edit]

The Public Security Police (PSP) of Portugal includes the following categories, ranks, insignia and respective main functions:

  • Police Officers

centro

  • National Chief Superintendent: National Director of the PSP,
  • Deputy National Chief Superintendent: Deputy National Director or Inspector General of the PSP,
  • Chief Superintendent: commanding officer of a metropolitan / regional command,
  • Superintendent: commanding officer of a district command or second-in-command of a metropolitan / regional command,
  • Intendent: division commander in a metropolitan / regional command or second-in-command of a district command,
  • Sub-Intendent: division commander in a district command or second-in-command of a division commanded by an intendent,
  • Commissioner: second-in-command of a division commanded by a sub-intendent,
  • Sub-Commissioner: commanding officer of a police squad / police station;
  • Police Chiefs

[2]

  • Chief Coordinator: ,
  • Principal Chief: auxiliary of a unit commanding officer,
  • Chief: supervisor of staff and leader of police teams;
  • Police Agents
  • Agent Coordinator:,
  • Principal Agent: a senior principal agent may perform the same functions as a chief, others perform the same functions as an agent,
  • Agent: functions of police constable;

[3]

  • Officer Candidate: student of the 5th year of the Training Course for Police Officers (CFOP),
  • Cadet: student of the 4th year of the CFOP,
  • Cadet: student of the 3rd year of the CFOP,
  • Cadet: student of the 2nd year of the CFOP,
  • Cadet: student of the 1st year of the CFOP.

Romania[edit]

Romanian Police ranks
Corps Corpul ofiţerilor de poliţie (Police Officers' Corps)
Group Quaestors Commissioners Inspectors
Romanian chestor-general chestor-șef chestor-principal chestor comisar-șef comisar subcomisar inspector-principal inspector subinspector
Rank Quaestor-General Chief-Quaestor Principal Quaestor Quaestor Chief Commissioner Commissioner Subcommissioner Principal Inspector Inspector Subinspector
Insignia ChestorGeneral.png ChestorSef.png ChestorPrincipal.png Chestor.png ComisarSef.png Comisar.png Subcomisar.png InspectorPrincipal.png Inspector.png Subinspector.png
Corps Corpul agenţilor de poliţie (Police Agents' Corps)
Group Agents
Romanian agent-şef principal agent-şef agent-şef adjunct agent principal agent
Rank Principal Chief Agent Chief Agent Deputy Chief Agent Principal Agent Agent
Insignia AgentSefPrincipal.png AgentSef.png AgentSefAdjunct.png AgentPrincipal.png Agent.png

Russia[edit]

The Police of Russia uses the following rank system:

  • Cadet (educational institutions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs)
  • Private

Junior commanding staff

  • Junior Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant major (Starshina)
  • Warrant officer
  • Senior warrant officer

Middle commanding staff

  • Junior-lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Senior Lieutenant
  • Captain

Senior commanding staff

  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Colonel

General officers

  • Police Major General
  • Police Lieutenant-General
  • Police Colonel-General
  • General of the Police of the Russian Federation

The rank of Yefreytor is only used by the Internal Troops of the MVD, now the National Guard of Russia.

Serbia[edit]

  • General of the Police (General policije)
  • Chief Police Adviser/Counselor (Glavni policijski savetnik)
  • Police Adviser/Counselor (Policijski savetnik)
  • Chief Police Inspector (Glavni policijski inspektor)
  • Independent police inspector (Samostalni policijski inspektor)
  • Police Inspector (Policijski inspektor)
  • Police Sergeant (Policijski narednik)
  • Junior Police Sergeant 1st Class (Mladji policijski narednik 1 klase)
  • Junior Police Sergeant (Mladji policijski narednik)
  • Independent Policeman (Samostalni policajac)
  • Senior Policeman (Viši policajac)
  • Policeman 1st Class (Policajac 1 klase)
  • Policeman (Policajac)
  • Junior Policeman 1st Class (Mladji policajac 1 klase)
  • Junior Policeman (Mladji policajac)

Singapore[edit]

Below shown are the rank structure of the Singapore Police Force. Latest changes made to the ranks of the SPF were made in 2016. Officers with ranks that were made obsolete would continue to carry their ranks until their next promotion.

South Africa[edit]

As of 1 June 2016, the functional rank structure in the South African Police Service (SAPS) is as follows:[15][16]

Police ranks of South Africa
Group Senior Management - Commissioned Officers
Rank General (Gen) Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Major General (Maj Gen) Brigadier
Insignia Saps general.png Saps lieutenant general.png Saps major general.png Saps brigadier.png
Role Designation of
National Commissioner
Actg. National Commissioner,
Deputy National Commissioner,
Regional Commissioner,
Provincial Commissioner,
Divisional Commissioner
Group Commissioned Officers
Rank Colonel (Col) Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Captain
Insignia Saps colonel.png Saps lieutenant colonel.png Saps captain.png
Group Non-commissioned Officers
Rank Warrant Officer (W/O) Sergeant (Sgt) Constable (Const)
Insignia Saps warrant officer.png Saps sergeant.png Saps constable.png

From 1 April 2010 until 1 June 2016, the rank structure was as follows:

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers

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

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers

Spain[edit]

Cuerpo Nacional de Policía

  • Director General of Police (Spanish: Director General de Policia)
  • Deputy Director General (Director Adjunto Operativo)
  • Sub-Director General (Subdirector General)
  • Commissioner General/Division Chief (Comisario General/Jefe de Division)
  • Senior Chief (Jefe Superior)
  • Principal Commissioner (Comisario Principal)
  • Commissioner (Comisario)
  • Chief Inspector (Inspector Jefe)
  • Inspector
  • Sub-Inspector (Subinspector)
  • First Class Police Officer (Oficial de Policia)
  • Police Officer (Policia)

Guardia Civil - Civil Guard

NATO Code OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Bandera de España Spain Guardia Civil Teniente general.gif Guardia Civil General división.gif Guardia Civil General brigada.gif Guardia Civil Coronel.gif Guardia Civil Teniente coronel.gif Guardia Civil Comandante.gif Guardia Civil capitan.gif Guardia Civil Teniente.gif Guardia Civil Alferez.gif
Teniente General General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Comandante Capitán Teniente Alférez
Equivalent
Translation
Lieutenant General Divisional General Brigade General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major/Commandant Captain Lieutenant lit. Knight
(Ensign)
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bandera de España Spain Guardia Civil Suboficial mayor.gif Guardia Civil Subteniente.gif Guardia Civil Brigada.gif Guardia Civil Sargento 1º.gif Guardia Civil Sargento.gif Guardia Civil Cabo Mayor.gif Guardia Civil Cabo 1º.gif Guardia Civil Cabo.gif Guardia Civil Guardia 1º.gif Guardia Civil guardiacivil.gif
Suboficial Mayor Subteniente Brigada Sargento Primero Sargento Cabo Mayor Cabo Primero Cabo Guardia Civil de Primera Guardia Civil
Equivalent
Translation
Senior
Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
1st Class
Warrant Officer
2nd Class
First Sergeant Sergeant Master Corporal Corporal Lance Corporal Civil Guardsman First Class
(Rank in abeyance)
Civil Guardsman

Basque Country[edit]

Ertzaintza - Basque Police

Catalonia[edit]

Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalan Police

Ranks of the Mossos d'Esquadra
Rank Mosso Caporal Sergent Sotsinspector Inspector Intendent Comissari Major
Insignia Sense galons.gif Mossos Caporal.png Mossos Sergent.png Mossos Sotsinspector.png Inspector.gif Intendent.gif Comissari.png Major (Mossos d'Esquadra).gif

Navarre[edit]

Policía Foral (Foruzaingoa in Basque) - Navarrese Police

Sri Lanka[edit]

Gazetted Officers
Non-Gazetted Officers

Sweden[edit]

Swedish police ranks and insignia after reorganization 2015[17]1
Rank National Police Commissioner Police Director Deputy Police Director Police Commissioner Deputy Police
Commissioner
Chief Superintendent Assistant Police
Commissioner
Note Regional Police Chief,
Head of Department
Deputy Chief of Region,
Deputy Head of Dept.
District Police Chief,
Head of Division
Special assignment Special assignment
Swedish Name Rikspolischef Polisdirektör
(Regionpolischef, Avdelningschef)
Biträdande
Polisdirektör
Polismästare
(Polisområdeschef, Enhetschef)
Polisöverintendent Polisintendent Polissekreterare
Insignia
Swedish-police-rank-new-01.svg
Swedish-police-rank-new-02-1.svg
Swedish-police-rank-new-02-2.svg
Swedish-police-rank-03.svg
Swedish-police-rank-04.svg
Swedish-police-rank-05.svg
Swedish-police-rank-06.svg
Rank Superintendent,
Detective Superintendent
Chief Inspector,
Detective Chief Inspector
Inspector,
Detective Inspector
Sergeant,
Detective Sergeant
Senior Police Constable Police Constable Police Trainee
Note Local Police Chief,
Head of Section
Head of Group After 4 years of employment
Swedish Name Poliskommisarie,
kriminalkommissarie
(Lokalpolisområdeschef, Sektionschef)
Poliskommisarie,
kriminalkommissarie
Polisinspektör,
kriminalinspektör
(Gruppchef)
Polisinspektör,
kriminalinspektör
Polisassistent Polisassistent Polisaspirant
Insignia
Swedish-police-rank-07.svg
Swedish-police-rank-08.svg
Swedish-police-rank-09.svg
Swedish-police-rank-10.svg
Swedish-police-rank-11.svg
Swedish-police-rank-12.svg
Swedish-police-rank-13.svg

Taiwan[edit]

  • Police Supervisor General (警監特級)
  • Police Supervisor Rank One (警監一級)
  • Police Supervisor Rank Two (警監二級)
  • Police Supervisor Rank Three (警監三級)
  • Police Supervisor Rank Four (警監四級)
  • Police Officer Rank One (警正一級)
  • Police Officer Rank Two (警正二級)
  • Police Officer Rank Three (警正三級)
  • Police Officer Rank Four (警正四級)
  • Police Rank One (警佐一級)
  • Police Rank Two (警佐二級)
  • Police Rank Three (警佐三級)
  • Police Rank Four (警佐四級)

Thailand[edit]

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

Commissioned officers[edit]

  • พลตำรวจเอก - Police General (phon tamruat ek)
  • พลตำรวจโท - Police Lieutenant General (phon tamruat tho)
  • พลตำรวจตรี- Police Major General (phon tamruat tri)
  • พลตำรวจจัตวา - Police Brigadier (rank in abeyance) (phon tamruat jattawa)
  • พันตำรวจเอก (พิเศษ) - Police Senior Colonel (equivalent to Police Brigadier) (phan tamruat ek phiset)
  • พันตำรวจเอก - Police Colonel (phan tamruat ek)
  • พันตำรวจโท - Police Lieutenant Colonel (phan tamruat tho)
  • พันตำรวจตรี - Police Major (phan tamruat tri)
  • ร้อยตำรวจเอก - Police Captain (roi tamruat ek)
  • ร้อยตำรวจโท - Police Lieutenant (roi tamruat tho)
  • ร้อยตำรวจตรี - Police Second Lieutenant (roi tamruat tri)

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

  • ดาบตำรวจ - Police Sergeant Major (dap tamruat)
  • จ่าสิบตำรวจ - Police Staff Sergeant (ja sip tamruat)
  • สิบตำรวจเอก - Police Sergeant (sip tamruat ek)
  • สิบตำรวจโท - Police Corporal (sip tamruat tho)
  • สิบตำรวจตรี - Police Lance Corporal (sip tamruat tri)
  • พลตำรวจ - Policeman/Constable (phon tamruat)

Turkey[edit]

Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü - Turkish Police

Ukraine[edit]

The National Police of Ukraine uses the following rank system starting 2015:

Junior officers Senior officers
Shoulder insignia
for every day uniform
Ukrainian police shoulder mark 01.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 02.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 03.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 04.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 05.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 06.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 07.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 08.svg
Rank Constable,
Police officer
Corporal Sergeant Staff sergeant Junior
lieutenant
Lieutenant Senior
lieutenant
Captain
Supervisory officers Staff officers
Shoulder insignia
for every day uniform
Ukrainian police shoulder mark 09.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 10.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 11.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 12.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 13.svg Ukrainian police shoulder mark 14.svg
Rank Major Lieutenant
colonel
Colonel Third division
general
(Major General)
Second division
general
(Lieutenant General)
First division
general
(Colonel general)

Ranks used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces are in force in the National Guard of Ukraine.

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Abu Dhabi[edit]

Full-length Ranks of Abu Dhabi Police.
Abu Dhabi Police Ranks - click to enlarge

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 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 omitted, making them a Detective Constable.

United States[edit]

The United States law enforcement ranking model is generally quasi-military in structure. Each level of law enforcement (federal, state, and local) has different ranks and vary considerably from agency to agency. There is no nationally set law enforcement rank structure, but they tend to follow similar patterns.

Federal[edit]

The Department of Justice and The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contain multiple law enforcement agencies and are the largest federal departments responsible for law enforcement; however, other governmental departments and agencies have law enforcement bodies. Each federal law enforcement agency has a unique rank structure. Many federal law enforcement agencies rank structures resemble Military rank structure but have different cogitations regarding responsibilities and duties. In general, all law enforcement groups in United States follow a similar pattern shown below:

  • Director or Chief (Comparatively General)
  • Assistant/ Deputy Director/ Chief (Comparatively Colonel)
  • Special Agent in Charge (Comparatively Major)
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Comparatively Captain)
  • Supervisory Special Agent (Comparatively Lieutenant)
  • Special Agent (Comparatively Sergeant)
  • Agent (Comparatively Corporal)
  • Probationary Agent (Comparatively Private or Cadet)

State[edit]

  • Colonel (some states use the titles of Superintendent, Director or Commissioner, or may have those as ranks higher than Colonel - often selected by the state Governor)
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
    • Staff Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, or Sergeant Major (some States)
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Senior/Master Trooper/Patrolman
  • Trooper (some states may have several grades of Trooper, ex. Senior Trooper, Master Trooper, etc.)
  • Probationary Trooper
  • Cadet, Recruit, Trainee

Note: Ranks can be skipped or omitted and structure is often determined by individual states. Structure is usually pseudo-military.

County[edit]

  • Sheriff, Chief
  • Under-Sheriff, Deputy Chief (sometimes an elected position)
  • Assistant Sheriff (large departments)
  • Colonel (large departments)
  • Area Commander or Lieutenant Colonel (large departments)
  • Major (large departments)
  • Captain, or Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Staff Sergeant (large departments)
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Master Deputy, Senior Deputy, or Senior Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy, or Deputy Sheriff
  • Cadet, Recruit, Trainee, or Probationary Deputy


Note: Ranks can be skipped or omitted and structure is often determined by individual counties. The structure is usually pseudo-military.

Municipal/City[edit]

Chief officers[edit]

  • Chief of Police (sometimes an elected position; some departments use Superintendent, Director or Commissioner)
  • Deputy/Assistant Chief (or Deputy/Assistant Commissioner in large departments)

Supervisory ranks[edit]

  • Colonel/Commander/Inspector (large departments. An inspector may also be a non-supervisory technical or investigative rank.)
  • Major (large departments)
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant (rank may have grades in large departments)

Officers[edit]

  • Detective
  • Police Officer (rank may have different grades, such as Senior Officer, Master Officer, etc.)
  • Police Cadet
  • Recruit

Note: Ranks can be omitted or added as needed and the structure is often determined by individual municipalities. The structure is usually pseudo-military.

Venezuela[edit]

  • Comisonado General
  • Comisonado Jefe
  • Comisonado Agregado
  • Comisonado
  • Subcomisionado
  • Supervisor Jefe
  • Supervisor Agregado
  • Supervisor
  • Inspector Jefe
  • Inspector
  • Subinspector
  • Sargento Mayor Supervisor
  • Sargento Mayor
  • Sargento I
  • Sargento II
  • Cabo I
  • Cabo II
  • Distinguido
  • Agente[18]

Vietnam[edit]

Công an Nhân dân Việt Nam - Vietnam People's Public Security

Commissioned officers[edit]

Highest Rank[edit]

  • Đại tướng Công an - Police General - only held by the Minister of Public Security
  • Thượng tướng Công an - Police Colonel General - usually held by the Deputy Ministers of Public Security
  • Trung tướng Công an - Police Lieutenant General - usually held by the Directors of General Departments of Ministry, Directors of Hanoi Police Department and Directors of Ho Chi Minh City Police Department
  • Thiếu tướng Công an - Police Major General - usually held by Vice Directors of General Departments of Ministry, Directors of Departments of Ministry

Middle Rank[edit]

  • Đại tá Công an - Police Brigadier - usually held by Directors of Municipality and Province Police Departments
  • Thượng tá Công an - Police Colonel - usually held by Chiefs of City, Town and District Police
  • Trung tá Công an - Police Lieutenant Colonel - usually held by Chiefs of Ward and Commune Police
  • Thiếu tá Công an - Police Major

Low Rank[edit]

  • Đại úy Công an - Police Captain
  • Thượng úy Công an - Police Senior Lieutenant
  • Trung úy Công an - Police 1st Lieutenant
  • Thiếu úy Công an - Police Sub-Lieutenant (2nd Lieutenant).

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

  • Thượng sĩ - Staff Sergeant
  • Trung sĩ - Sergeant
  • Hạ sĩ - Corporal

Policemen[edit]

  • Chiến sĩ bậc 1 - Policeman 1st Class
  • Chiến sĩ bậc 2 - Policeman

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Sub 3 - Sheriff, Security and Transport". Chr.alberta.ca. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.sq.gouv.qc.ca/mission-et-services/publications/csp-information-guide-for-members.pdf
  8. ^ "Discover police work - Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal". SPVM. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Organization Structure: Organization Chart of HKPF". Hong Kong Police Force. 
  10. ^ John Pike. "Iraqi Police Service (IPS)". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Braçais/Distintivos" [Arms/Badges] (in Portuguese). Public Security Police Force of Macau. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  12. ^ "PNP ranks". Norwegian National Police. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  13. ^ "PNP ranks". Philippine National Police. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  14. ^ abbribation chinese
  15. ^ "Home page of the SAPS Internet". Saps.gov.za. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  16. ^ "Police rank reform the best in years". IOL. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Slutredovisning från Genomförandekommittén för nya Polismyndigheten" (in Swedish). SOU/Genomförandekommittén för nya Polismyndigheten. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.consejopolicia.gob.ve Archived 2014-01-30 at the Wayback Machine.