Police rank

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


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.


  • 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)


  • 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 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 Federal Railroad Security 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 same case in the Road and Railroad Security 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:

  • 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)

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.


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]:

  • Director General of the QPP (Directeur général)
  • Deputy Director (Directeur adjoint)
  • Chief Inspector (Inspecteur chef)
  • Inspector (Inspecteur)
  • Captain (Capitaine)
  • Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
  • Sergeant (5 classes of sergeants: Detective sgt, Staff sgt, specialist sgt)
  • Agent (3 classes of Agents)

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

  • Directeur (Director)
  • Associate Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Chief Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant / Detective Lieutenant
  • Sergeant / Detective Sergeant
  • Constable

Canadian Auxiliary Police Ranks as follows:


These are the ranks used by Chilean police services.


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



  • General Director
  • General Inspector
  • General
  • Coronel
  • Teniente Coronel
  • Mayor
  • Capitán
  • Teniente
  • Subteniente

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted

  • Suboficial Mayor
  • Suboficial
  • Sargento 1º
  • Sargento 2º
  • Cabo 1º
  • Cabo 2º
  • Carabinero


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]

Mr GUO Sheng-kun, currently Commissioner of Police, Minister of Public Security(since December 2012). Shoulder insignia: national coat of arms fully circled with a pair of olive branch.

Deputy Minister of Public Security, shoulder insignia: national coat of arms partly circled with a pair of olive branch.

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.

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.

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 (一级警督, yījí jǐngdū)Shoulder insignia: three pips with two silver bars.
  • Inspector 2nd Class (二级警督, èrjí jǐngdū)Shoulder insignia: two pips with two silver bars.
  • Inspector 3rd Class (三级警督, 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 at every four-year of service (only applicable from Sgt 1st class to Insp 1st class). Which means for example, for 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 ccommanding 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 (一级警司, yījí jǐngsī)Shoulder insignia: three pips with one silver bar. 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.
  • Sergeant 2nd Class (二级警司, èrjí jǐngsī)Shoulder insignia: two pips with one silver bar. 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.
  • Sergeant 3rd Class (三级警司, sānjí jǐngsī)Shoulder insignia: one pip with one silver bar. Other than basic duties, also attend and assist sub-unit commander/section head in handling all kinds of cases.
  • Police Constable 1st Class (一级警員, yījí jǐngyuán)Shoulder insignia: two pips. Perform road patrol and vehicle command duties.
  • Police Constable 2nd Class (二级警員, èrjí jǐngyuán)Shoulder insignia: one pip. Perform road patrol and vehicle command duties.

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).

  • Probationary Police Constable 见习警员 Shoulder insignia: two stripes.(Normally one year probationary period) Might be attaching to any of police stations or sub-units to familiar with the real police operations.
  • Cadet (at PTS-Police Training School) 学警 Shoulder insignia: one stripe.

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.


Regular Police ranks[edit]

  • 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)


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
Acting Sergeant Αναπληρωτής Λοχίας
Senior Constable Αρχιαστυφύλακας
Constable Αστυφύλακας
Special Constable Ειδικός Αστυφύλακας


Main article: Danish police
Danish National Police Rank Insignia
 Denmark (Edit) Insignia None.svg None.svg None.svg Chefpolitiinspektør.png Vicepolitiinspektør.png Politiinspektør.png Politikommissær.png Vicepolitikommissær.png Politiassistent1grad.png Politiassistent.png Politibetjent.png
Rank Rigspolitichefen Politidirektør or Vicerigspolitichef Politidirektør, Vicepolitidirektør, Vicerigspolitichef or Politimester Chefpolitiinspektør or Chefanklager Vicepolitimester, Chefanklager, Politiinspektør or Chefpolitiinspektør Vicepolitiinspektør Politikommissær Vicepolitikommissær Politiassistent af 1. grad Politiassistent af 2. grad Politibetjent


  • General (Politseikindral)
  • Inspector-General (Politseikindralinspektor)
  • Colonel (Politseikolonel)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Politseikolonelleitnant)
  • Major (Politseimajor)
  • Captain (Politseikapten)
  • Lieutenant (Politseileitnant)
  • Senior Comissar (Vanemkomissar)
  • Comissar (Komissar)
  • Chief Constable, Chief Inspector (Ülemkonstaabel, üleminspektor)
  • Senior Constable, Senior Inspector (Vanemkonstaabel, vaneminspektor)
  • Constable, Inspector (Konstaabel, inspektor)
  • Junior Constable, Junior Inspector (Nooremkonstaabel, nooreminspektor)


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


Main article: Police nationale
Main article: Gendarmerie

Police Nationale[edit]

Corps de Conception et de Direction[edit]

  • Director of Active Services (Directeur des Services Actifs)
  • Inspector General (Inspecteur Général)
  • Controller General (Contrôleur Général)
  • Divisional Commissioner (Commissaire Divisionnaire)
  • Commissioner (Commissaire de Police)

Corps de Commandement[edit]

  • 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)



  • Army General (Five Stars) (Général d'armée)
  • Army Corp General (Four Stars) (Général de corps d'armée)
  • Division General (Three Stars) (Général de division)
  • Brigade General (Two Stars) (Général de brigade)
  • Colonel (Colonel)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Lieutenant-Colonel)
  • Major (Commandant)
  • Captain (Capitaine)
  • Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
  • Student Lieutenant (Elève Officier)


  • Master Sergeant (Major)
  • Sergeant First Class (Adjudant-chef)
  • Staff Sergeant (Adjudant)
  • Chief Deputy (Maréchal des logis chef)
  • Deputy (Gendarme de carrière )
  • Probationary Deputy (Gendarme sous contrat)
  • Student Deputy (Elève Gendarme)

Volunteers (5 years)[edit]

  • Volunteer Lieutenant (AGIV, or Aspirant de Gendarmerie Issu du Volontariat)
  • Senior Volunteer Assistant Deputy (Maréchal des logis)
  • Chief Volunteer Assistant Deputy (Brigadier-chef)
  • First Class Volunteer Assistant Deputy (Brigadier)
  • Volunteer Assistant Deputy (Gendarme Adjoint Volontaire)


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 Commission (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 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 an 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 an 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.


  • 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.

Hong Kong[edit]


Rank Title Icelandic title
1 National Commissioner Ríkislögreglustjóri
2 Deputy National Commissioner Vararíkislögreglustjóri
Police Commissioner Lögreglustjóri
Director of the Police College Skólastjóri Lögregluskóla ríkisins
3 Deputy Commissioner Varalögreglustjóri í Reykjavík
Staðgengill lögreglustjóra
4 Chief Superintendent/Detective Chief Superintendent Yfirlögregluþjónn
5 Superintendent/Detective Superintendent Aðstoðaryfirlögregluþjónn
6 Chief Inspector Aðalvarðstjóri
Detective Chief Inspector Lögreglufulltrúi
7 Inspector Varðstjóri
Detective Inspector Rannsóknarlögreglumaður
8 Brevet Inspector Staðgengill Varðstjóra
9 Policeman/Constable Lögreglumaður
10 Trainee Lögreglunemi
Temporarily Employed Policeman Afleysingamaður í lögreglu
Reservist Héraðslögreglumaður


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]


Islamic Republic of Iran[edit]

Police Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks

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
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17-Sartip - Naja.png
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13-Sargord - Naja.png
12-Sarvan - Naja.png
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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
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3-Sarjukhe - Naja.png
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Main article: Iraqi Police

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]


See Italian State Police Ranks


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


  • 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. 38 capacity.
  • 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). More than this rank, all police officer join to National Police Agency.
  • 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.

South Korea[edit]


  • 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


Generalinis komisaras/Comissionier-General

A class officers[edit]

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

B class officers[edit]

  • Komisaras inspektorius/Comissionier 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


  • Supterintendent General
  • Supterintendent
  • Intendent
  • Sub-Intendent
  • Commissioner
  • Sub-Commissioner
  • Chief
  • Sub-Chief
  • 1st Class Guard
  • 2nd Class Guard
  • Guard


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

Inspector Grade


Police ranks of the Netherlands
Rank First Chief Commissioner
(Eerste Hoofdcommissaris)
Chief Commissioner
Chief Superintendent
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Rank Senior Constable
Police Patrol Officer
Police Trainee
Non Executive Employee
(Niet-Executieve Medewerker)
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Police ranks of Norway
Norwegian Politidirektør Assisterende
Politimester Visepolitimester Politiinspektør
Politiadvokat Politifullmektig
Rank National
Chief of Police Deputy
Chief of Police
Chief of Police
Junior Police
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Norwegian Politistasjonssjef
Politioverbetjent Politiførstebetjent Politibetjent 3 Politibetjent 2 Politibetjent 1 Politi
Rank Police Chief
Chief Inspector
Police Inspector Police Sergeant Police Constable Police
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Source: Norwegian National Police[11]

Pakistan Rangers[edit]

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

Commissioned officers

  • Director General (DG) - Equivalent to Major General
  • Deputy Director General (DDG) - Equivalent to Brigadier
  • Senior Superintendent Rangers(SSR) - Equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel
  • Superintendent Rangers(SR) - Equivalent to Major
  • Deputy Superintendent Rangers (DSR) - Equivalent to Captain


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

Commissioned officers

  • Director General - General Director
  • 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.


Police ranks of Poland
Group Generals Senior Officers Junior Officers
Polish generalny inspektor Policji nadinspektor inspektor młodszy
podinspektor nadkomisarz komisarz podkomisarz
Rank Inspector
General of Police
Inspector Junior
Commissioner Deputy
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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 Junior
Sergeant Senior Constable Constable
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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
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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
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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

  • Sub-lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • First Lieutenant
  • Captain

Senior commanding staff

  • Major
  • Lieutenant colonel
  • Colonel

General officers

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

The rank of Yefeytor is only used by the Internal Troops of the MVD.


  • General of the Police (General policije)
  • Chef 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)


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:[14]

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers

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


Cuerpo Nacional de Policía

Guardia Civil - Civil Guard

Basque Country[edit]

Ertzaintza - Basque Police


Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalonian Police

Ranks of the Mossos d'Esquadra
Rank Mosso Caporal Sergent Sotsinspector Inspector Intendent Comissari Major
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Policía Foral (Foruzaingoa in Basque) - Navarrese Police


Swedish police ranks and insignia after reorganization 2015[15]1
Rank National Police Commissioner Police Director Deputy Police Director Police Commissioner Deputy Police
Chief Superintendent Assistant Police
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 Rikspolischef Polisdirektör
(Regionpolischef, Avdelningschef)
(Polisområdeschef, Enhetschef)
Polisöverintendent Polisintendent Polissekreterare
Rank Superintendent,
Detective Superintendent
Chief Inspector,
Detective Chief Inspector
Detective Inspector
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 Poliskommisarie,
(Lokalpolisområdeschef, Sektionschef)
Polisassistent Polisassistent Polisaspirant


  • 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)


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 General (not in use now) (phon tamruat jattawa)
  • พันตำรวจเอก (พิเศษ) - Police Senior Colonel (equivalent to Police Brigadier General) (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 Sub-Lieutenant (roi tamruat tri)

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

  • ดาบตำรวจ - Police Senior Sergeant Major (dap tamruat)
  • จ่าสิบตำรวจ - Police Sergeant Major (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)


Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü - Turkish Police


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

Junior officers Senior officers
Shoulder insignia
for every day uniform
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Rank Constable,
Police officer
Corporal Sergeant Staff sergeant Junior
Lieutenant Senior
Supervisory officers Staff officers
Shoulder insignia
for every day uniform
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Rank Major Lieutenant
Colonel Third division
(Major General)
Second division
(Lieutenant General)
First division
(Colonel general)

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 replaced, making them a Detective Constable.

United States of America[edit]

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


See Federal Bureau of Investigation for ranks used by this service. Ranks of the United States Border Patrol, United States Capitol Police and United States Park Police are covered in their respective articles.


  • Colonel (some departments use Commissioner, Director, or Superintendent)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (some departments use Deputy Director or Deputy Commissioner)
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Master Sergeant (some departments use First Sergeant, Sergeant First Class or Staff Sergeant)
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Master Trooper (or Trooper First Class, Senior Trooper)
  • Trooper


  • Sheriff
  • Undersheriff
  • Assistant Sheriff
  • Area Commander
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Senior Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff


Certain very large metropolitan police departments, notably the NYPD and the Boston Police Department, have a civilian-appointed Commissioner in the highest role supervising the uniformed sworn officers.


  • Comisonado General
  • Comisonado Jefe
  • Comisonado Agregado
  • Comisonado
  • Subcomisionado
  • Supervisor Jefe
  • Supervisor
  • Inspector Jefe
  • Inspector
  • Subinspector
  • Sargento Mayor Supervisor
  • Sargento Mayor
  • Sargento I
  • Sargento II
  • Cabo I
  • Cabo II
  • Distinguido
  • Agente[16]


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 First Lieutenant
  • Trung úy Công an - Police Lieutenant
  • Thiếu úy Công an - Police Sub-Lieutenant

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

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


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

See also[edit]