Police ranks of the United States

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The United States police-rank model is generally quasi-military in structure.[1][2] A uniform system of insignia based on that of the US Army and Marine Corps is used to help identify an officer's seniority.[2][3]

Ranks[edit]

Although the large and varied number of federal, state, and local police and sheriff's departments have different ranks, a general model, from highest to lowest rank, would be:

  • Chief of police/commissioner of police/superintendent/sheriff: The title commissioner of police is used mainly by large metropolitan departments, while chief of police is associated with small and medium-sized municipalities; both are typically appointed by a mayor or selected by the city council or commission. In some cities, "commissioner" is the member of the board of officials in charge of the department, while a "chief" is the top uniformed officer answering to the commissioner or commission. In very large departments, such as the New York City Police Department, there may be several non-police officer deputy and assistant commissioners, some of whom outrank the chief of department and others on par with the uniformed chief. There may be a chief of operations who is second in command to the top-ranking chief. In contrast, sheriffs in the United States are usually elected officials, one in each county, who head the sheriff's department (or sheriff's office).
  • Assistant chief of police/assistant commissioner/assistant superintendent: Only seen in some departments. In New York City, assistant chiefs head borough commands.
  • Deputy chief of police/deputy commissioner/deputy superintendent/chief deputy/undersheriff/deputy sheriff: The top subordinate of the chief of police, commissioner, superintendent, or sheriff; may or may not have a specific area of responsibility. In some places the undersheriff is the warden of the county jail. The New York City Sheriff's Office has five undersheriffs: each one is responsible for a borough of New York City, with the Sheriff of the City of New York overseeing all of them. In some Sheriff's Offices, the rank of Assistant Sheriff exists, below the Undersheriff, but still above Commander and other ranks.
  • Inspector/commander:[4] Sometimes have an insignia of a single star, analogous to brigadier generals, but in other areas wear a gold or silver eagle, similar to a colonel. "Inspector" is also used as a term for "detective" in the San Francisco Police Department but is two ranks above captain in the NYPD and the Philadelphia Police Department. In the NYPD, inspectors command divisions, which may be groups of precincts within a borough or specialized branches of the police service.
  • Colonel or lieutenant colonel: A majority of state police as well as some municipal agencies use "colonel" or "lieutenant colonel" as their senior executive rank, often jointly with a civilian title such as "superintendent, deputy superintendent", "commissioner, deputy commissioner" or "director, deputy director", "Chief, Deputy Chief", etc. Conversely, the colonel or lieutenant colonel rank is rarely employed by other agencies, though it is used by the Baltimore Police Department and other Maryland agencies as either an executive or commander-like rank. Colonels generally wear the gold or silver eagle of a military colonel, and lieutenant colonels have the oak leaf of a Military lieutenant colonel, from the U.S. armed forces. Many sheriffs also wear the eagle insignia, and use colonel as an official rank.
  • Major[5]/deputy inspector: Sometimes Majors/Deputy Inspectors have the insignia of a gold or silver oak leaf, similar to a major or lieutenant colonel in the armed forces. In the Baltimore Police Department and Atlanta Police Department, majors supervise police stations.
  • Captain: Two gold or silver bars ("railroad tracks"). A Captain often supervises a police station but can supervise another division or unit (detectives, patrol, etc.) in smaller departments and only certain sections of a police station in larger departments. In the NYPD, captains are the normal commanders of precincts.
  • Lieutenant: Wearing a single gold or silver bar, a lieutenant supervises two to three or more sergeants. Lieutenants can supervise an entire watch shift in a police station or detective squad (narcotics, homicide, etc.) in larger police departments, entire barracks in state police departments, and entire precincts in smaller police departments.
  • Sergeant: Three chevrons, a police officer who supervises an entire watch shift in smaller departments and areas of a precinct and individual detective squads in larger departments. Some agencies, such as the New Jersey State Police, use a para-militaristic range of sergeant ranks, such as staff sergeant and sergeant first class, in addition to the basic sergeant rank.
  • Detective/inspector/investigator: An inspector/detective/investigator usually works in plain clothes. This may be in several classes that correspond to higher supervisory and pay grades. In the NYPD, the detective rank is technically a designation: detectives do not actually outrank police officers although they are in charge of cases and are often senior in years of service, and so have a certain degree of authority beyond police officers in specific situations. Detectives also do undercover duties for some of their cases.
  • Officer/deputy/trooper/corporal: A regular officer or deputy wears no rank insignia, and there may be several pay grades. Corporals, who may be senior officers or acting watch commanders, wear two chevrons. A police corporal is generally employed as an officer as an entry level supervisor position. These duties may include one or more of the following roles:[6]
    Police corporals often wear the two chevrons originated by their military counterparts.
    • Detective
    • Division supervisor
    • Field training officer (FTO) (in some departments, field training officers are not given any supervisory powers and hold no higher rank than other officers)

Police corporals will often act as a lead officer in field situations when a sergeant is not present.[7] The position is also referred to by some agencies as Agent.[8]

In a few departments, such as New York City and Philadelphia,[9] officers from the rank of lieutenant and up wear white shirts instead of the dark blue or black uniform shirts common to lower-ranked police officers. In Philadelphia the rank of sergeant and up wear white shirts. Senior police officers may wear fretting ("scrambled eggs") on their hat visors.

Advancement from officer to captain is generally by appointment after successful completion of a series of examinations, and after the officer has sufficient time in grade. Grades above captain are generally by appointment of the chief or sheriff. In addition, there must be vacancies for a higher rank. In police departments, the second-highest rank is usually similar to a chief of staff. In a sheriff's office, the second-highest ranking person is often responsible for most operations, similar to a chief of police in a police department, because the Sheriff is often elected and in many cases is a politician rather than an experienced law enforcement officer.

Variations[edit]

Federal[edit]

Federal
United States Border Patrol
Border Patrol Headquarters Chief of the Border Patrol Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol Division chief Deputy division chief Associate chief Assistant chief Operations officer (non-supervisory)
Border Patrol sectors Chief patrol agent (CPA) Deputy chief patrol agent (DCPA) Division chief/ACTT director Executive officer/assistant chief patrol agent (ACPA) Special operations supervisor (SOS) Operations officer (non-supervisory) Supervisory Border Patrol agent (SBPA) Border Patrol agent – intelligence (BPA-I)
Border Patrol stations Patrol agent in charge (PAIC) Deputy patrol agent in charge (DPAIC) Watch commander (WC) Special operations supervisor (SOS) Supervisory Border Patrol agent (SBPA) Border Patrol agent – intelligence (BPA-I) Border patrol agent (BPA)
Border Patrol academy Chief patrol agent (CPA) Deputy chief patrol agent (DCPA) Assistant chief patrol agent (ACPA) Training operations supervisor (TOS) Supervisory Border Patrol agent (senior instructor) Supervisory Border Patrol agent (instructor) Border Patrol agent (detailed instructor)
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg No insignia
United States Capitol Police
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief of Police/ Chief of Operations Deputy Chief Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective/MPO Technician Private First Class Private with Training Private
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Sgtpin.jpg PrivateFCpin.jpg PVTpin.jpg No insignia
United States Park Police
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Private/Investigator
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg VSP Sergeant.jpg No insignia
United States Marshals Service
Rank Director Deputy Director Marshal Chief Deputy Marshal Supervisory Deputy Marshal Deputy Marshal
United States Secret Service
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Rank Director Deputy Director Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Director Deputy Chief of Staff Associate Deputy Director Executive Assistant Director Associate Executive Assistant Director Assistant Director Deputy Assistant Director Supervisory Deputy Marshal Special Agent-in-Charge Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Supervisory Special Agent Senior Special Agent Special Agent New Agent Trainee

State[edit]

State
Alabama
Alabama Highway Patrol and Alabama Department of Public Safety
Rank Director
(colonel)
Assistant director
(lieutenant colonel)
Chief
(major)
Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Senior trooper Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg AK - Trooper Sergeant.png AK - Trooper Corporal.svg No insignia
Alaska
Rank Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Trooper
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg AK - Trooper Staff Sergeant.svg AK - Trooper Corporal.svg No insignia
Arizona
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Rank Director
(Colonel)
Deputy Director
(Lieutenant Colonel)
Assistant Director
(Lieutenant Colonel)
Major Captain Sergeant Trooper
Insignia Colonel Silver.png US-O5 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg CHP Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Arizona Rangers
Rank Captain Sergeant Ranger
Insignia Blank.png Blank.png No insignia
Arkansas
Rank Director
(Colonel)
Deputy Director
(Lieutenant Colonel)
Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Trooper First Class Trooper Cadet
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg Army-USA-OR-05 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-04a (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-02 (Army greens).svg No insignia
Description Director holds the Rank of Colonel, appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to be the professional head of the Department Deputy Director holds the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel, second-in-command of Department and second highest ranked commissioned officer in the Department. Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Regional Commander, as the Criminal Investigations Commander, as the Crimes Against Children Commander, or as the Administrative Services Division Commander Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Regional Commander or other upper-level administrative and managerial staff position. Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Assistant Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Company Commander or supervising a specialized function with the State Police First supervisory rank, responsible for overseeing and supervising Troopers and non-commissioned personnel in the performance of their duties Rank attained by Trooper First Class after completion of 7 years of service. May supervise Troopers in the performance of their duties in absence of a sergeant. Rank attained by Trooper after completion of 4 1/2 years of service. Rank attained by Cadets upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for field law enforcement patrol or specialized or technical law enforcement function. A Cadet is a new recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy. These personnel do not wear rank insignia.
California
California Highway Patrol
Rank Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Assistant Commissioner Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Officer Cadet
Insignia 5 Gold Stars Pentagon.png

OR
5 Gold Stars.svg

4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg
CHP Sergeant Stripes.png
No insignia
California State Parks Peace Officer
Rank Director Chief Deputy Director/
Deputy Director, Park Operations
Deputy Director Division Chief Superintendent V/
Superintendent IV
Superintendent III Superintendent II Superintendent I Supervisor Ranger Cadet
Insignia US ARMY GA.gif US ARMY GEN.gif US ARMY LTG.gif US ARMY MG.gif US ARMY BG.gif US ARMY CPT.gif US ARMY 1LT.gif Second Lieutenant insignia.png Ranger Supervisor.png No insignia
Colorado
Rank Colonel Deputy Chief[10] Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Master Trooper and
Technician
Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg CO - SP Sergeant Major Stripes.png CO - SP Master Sergeant Stripes.png CO - SP Sergeant Stripes.png CO - SP Corporal Stripes.png CO - SP Master Trooper Stripes.png No insignia
Description Chief of the Patrol Region Commander District/Branch Commander Troop/Section Commander
Connecticut
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant Trooper First Class Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg Connecticut State Police Master Sergeant Stripes.png Louisiana State Police Sergeant Stripes.png Connecticut State Police Trooper 1st Stripes.png No insignia
Delaware
Rank Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Master corporal Senior corporal Corporal grade 1 Corporal Trooper 1st class Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg
US-OF1B.svg
NJSP Sergeant Stripes.png Delaware SP Master Corporal.png Delaware SP Senior Corporal.png Delaware SP Corporal 1.png NJSP Corporal Stripes.png Delaware SP Trooper First Class.png No insignia
Description Superintendent of the Delaware State Police. Second in Command of the Delaware State Police. Member of the Executive Staff in charge of a specific duty. Troop Commander of a Patrol Troop, or Commander of a specialized unit. Assistant Troop Commander, oversees the Troop's criminal or traffic activities or oversees a specialized unit. Road supervisor for Troopers, or Supervisor of a specialty unit. Troopers with 16+ years of experience. Troopers with 12–16 years of experience. Troopers with 8–12 years of experience. Troopers with 4–8 years of experience. Troopers with 2–4 years of experience. New Troopers who have graduated the Delaware State Police Training Academy.
Florida
Rank[11] Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Master Corporal Senior Corporal Corporal Master Trooper Senior Trooper Trooper First Class Trooper Specialist Trooper
Auxiliary Trooper
Recruit
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg FL - Highway Patrol Master Sergeant.png FL - Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant.png FL Hwy Patrol Sergeant Rank Blue.png FL - Highway Patrol Master Corporal.png FL - Highway Patrol Senior Corporal.png FHP Corporal 2018 FL - Master Trooper.png FL - Senior Trooper.png FL Hwy Patrol Trooper First Class Blue.png No insignia
Georgia
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant First Class Sergeant Corporal Trooper First Class Trooper
Insignia Colonel Silver.png US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg GSP Sergeant First Class.png GSP Sergeant.png GSP Corporal.png No insignia
Description Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Area Commander Region Commander Watch Commander Post Chief Post Chief
Hawaii
Idaho
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
Illinois
Rank Director First Deputy Director Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant Master Trooper Trooper First Class Trooper
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg MasterSGTpin.jpg Sgtpin.jpg PrivateFCpin.jpg PVTpin.jpg No insignia
Indiana
Rank Superintendent Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant First Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper Probationary Trooper Recruit
Insignia US-O7 insignia.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg VA - State Police First Sergeant.png VA - State Police Sergeant.png TX - Houston Police Senior Police Officer.png No insignia
Iowa
Rank Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper III (Senior Trooper) Trooper II Trooper I Peace Officer Candidate Current
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg IA - State Police Sergeant.png No insignia
Kansas
Rank Superintendent
(Colonel)
Assistant Superintendent
(Lieutenant Colonel)
Major Captain Lieutenant Technical Trooper Master Trooper Trooper Trooper Trainee (Recruit)
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg No insignia
Description Rank of colonel, appointed by the Governor of Kansas to be the professional head of the Department Rank of lieutenant colonel, second-in-command of Patrol, appointed by the Superintendent Regional and Division Commanders Troop Commander First Line Supervisor Rank held by veteran Troopers assigned to a technical specialty (e.g. Bomb Technicians, Aircraft Pilots, Canine Handlers, Task Force Officers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers). Rank attained by Trooper after completion of 5 years of service and completion of advanced professional training. Rank attained by Recruits upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for field law enforcement patrol. This rank is held by law enforcement officers while attending the KHP training academy.
Kentucky
Rank Colonel-Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia Colonel Silver.png US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg KY - SP Sergeant.png No insignia
Louisiana
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Master Trooper Senior Trooper Trooper First Class Trooper Cadet
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Louisiana State Police Sergeant Stripes.png LSP-MT.jpg LSP-ST.jpg TFC.jpg Lousisana State Troopers TPR collar insignia.jpg No insignia
Description One individual is appointed (by the Governor) as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Superintendent of the State Police and holds the rank of Colonel. The Colonel wears one gold-colored eagle on each epaulet.[12] There are four officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, each overseeing one of the four bureaus within the State Police. Lieutenant Colonels wear a silver-colored oak leaf on each epaulet. Majors are responsible for a command within the State Police. Majors wear one gold-colored oak leaf on each epaulet. The specific responsibilities of a Captain vary depending upon where they are assigned within the Agency. For example, a Captain may be a Troop Commander in the Patrol Bureau or a Division Commander in one of the other Bureaus. Captains wear two gold-colored bars on each epaulet. The responsibilities of a lieutenant vary within the department. At the Troop level, a lieutenant is typically the commander of a shift. Other Lieutenants in other divisions may command a unit. Lieutenants wear gold-colored metal bars on each epaulet. Sergeants act as assistant shift commanders or duty officers. A sergeant is generally considered to be a first-line supervisor in most units.[13] Sergeants wear three yellow inverted chevrons on each sleeve under the State Police patch. The insignia for this rank consists of a gold-colored 'MT' collar pin worn on the wearer's right lapel. Troopers who complete fifteen (15) years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of Master Trooper. While not considered a first-line supervisor, Master Troopers are occasionally tasked to supervise other lower-ranking Troopers[14] The insignia for this rank consists of a gold-colored 'ST' collar pin worn on the wearer's right lapel. Troopers who complete ten years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of Senior Trooper. The insignia for this rank consists of a gold-colored 'TFC' collar pin worn on the wearer's right lapel. Troopers who complete five years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of Trooper First Class. The insignia for this rank consists of a gold-colored 'TPR' collar pin worn on the wearer's right lapel. This rank is attained by Cadets upon successful completion of the training academy. A Cadet is a raw recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy. These personnel do not wear rank insignia.
Maine
Title Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Trooper
Insignia Colonel insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel insignia.png Major insignia.png First Lieutenant insignia.png ME - State Police Sergeant.png ME - State Police Corporal.png No insignia
Maryland
Rank[15] Colonel
Superintendent
Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant First Sergeant Detective Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Master Trooper[16] Senior Trooper Trooper First Class Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg MD - State Police 1st Sergeant.png MD - State Police Detective Sergeant.png MD - State Police Sergeant.png MD - State Police Corporal.png MD - State Police Master Trooper.png MD - State Police Senior Trooper.png MD - State Police Trooper 1st Class.png No insignia
Description The Superintendent of the Maryland State Police holds the rank of colonel. He is the Secretary of the Department of State Police and a member of the governor's cabinet. There are three officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, each overseeing one of the three bureaus within the state police. Majors are responsible for a command within the state police. The specific responsibilities of a captain vary depending upon where they are assigned within the agency. For example, a captain may be a troop commander in the Field Operations Bureau or a division commander in one of the other bureaus. A lieutenant is the commander of each barrack. Other Lieutenants may command a unit. First sergeants are assistant barrack commanders or may perform administrative functions in other areas. Detective sergeants are in charge of all criminal investigations at a barracks, or may be assigned to other investigative functions. Sergeants act as shift commanders or duty officers. Corporals are the first-line supervisors and are usually assigned as road supervisors within barracks. In the absence of a sergeant, they may act as the duty officer. Troopers who complete 15 years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of Master Trooper. Troopers who complete 10 years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of Senior Trooper. Troopers who complete three years of satisfactory or exceptional service are promoted to the rank of TFC. Candidates successfully completing the academy and field training are appointed as troopers.
Massachusetts
Rank[17] Colonel[18] Lieutenant Colonel Major Detective Captain Captain Detective Lieutenant Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper Probationary Trooper State Police Trainee
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Description Superintendent Deputy Superintendent or Division Commander Troop Commander Station Commander Deputy commander First-line supervisor Standard patrol officer Trainee in State Police Academy
Ranks prior to 1992 Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper Probationary Trooper Recruit Trooper
Insignia prior to 1992 US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg Army-USA-OR-06.svg Army-USA-OR-05.svg Army-USA-OR-04a.svg No insignia
Michigan
Rank[19] Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Inspector First Lieutenant Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper Recruit
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg MD State Police Inspector.png US-O2 insignia.svg US-OF1B.svg MI - State Police Sergeant.png No insignia
Minnesota
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg No insignia
Mississippi
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper First Class Trooper Cadet
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg Army-USA-OR-08b (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-07 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-06 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-05 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-04a (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-02 (Army greens).svg No insignia
Missouri
Rank[20] Superintendent (rank of Colonel) Assistant Superintendent (rank of Lieutenant Colonel) Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper State Trooper (Recruit)[21]
Insignia Colonel Silver.png US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg MO - State Police Sergeant Stripes.png MO - State Police Sergeant Stripes.png MO - State Police Corporal.png No insignia
Description Superintendent Holds the rank of Colonel. Appointed by the Governor of Missouri. must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate Assistant Superintendent holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and reports directly to the Superintendent and has authority over the units. Majors are responsible for a command within the Highway Patrol. A captain is a troop commander in the Field Operations Bureau or a division commander in one of the other bureaus. A lieutenant is the assistant commander of a division/unit. A Master Sergeant acts as a zone sergeant commanding a group of troopers. A Sergeant supervises an entire Patrol shift of His/Her respective District. Corporals are the first-line supervisors and are usually assigned as road supervisors within barracks. In the absence of a sergeant, they may act as the duty officer. Candidates successfully completing the academy and field training are appointed as troopers. The initial rank of oncoming Missouri State Highway Patrol, held while undergoing training at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy.
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
Rank Chief (rank of Colonel) Assistant Chief (rank of Lieutenant Colonel) Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
Description The Chief of Police holds the Rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director. The Chief of Police must be confirmed by the Governor of Nevada The Assistant Chief holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and reports directly to the Colonel and has authority over the units. Majors are responsible for a command within the Highway Patrol. A captain is a troop commander in the Field Operations Bureau or a division commander in one of the other bureaus. A lieutenant is the assistant commander of a division/unit. A Sergeant is a person who supervises an entire Patrol shift in their District. Candidates successfully completing the academy and field training are appointed as troopers.
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Rank Colonel
(Superintendent)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Deputy Superintendent)
Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant First Class Detective Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant Sergeant / Detective Sergeant Trooper I / Detective I Trooper II / Detective II
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg NJSP - Sergeant Major.png NJSP Sergeant First Class Stripes.png NJSP Staff Sergeant Stripes.png NJSP Sergeant Stripes.png NJSP Corporal Stripes.png No insignia
New Mexico
Rank Chief Deputy Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Senior Officer Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
New York
Rank Superintendent First Deputy Superintendent Deputy Superintendent/Colonel Assistant Deputy Superintendent/Lieutenant Colonel Staff Inspector Major Captain Lieutenant Technical Lieutenant Chief Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant First Sergeant Senior Investigator (plainclothes) Zone Sergeant Sergeant Station Commander Technical Sergeant Sergeant Investigator (plainclothes) Trooper
Insignia US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg Colonel Silver.png US-O5 insignia.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-OF1B.svg NYSP Chief Technical Sergeant Stripes.png NYSP Staff Sergeant Stripes.png NYSP - 1st Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia NYSP Zone Sergeant Stripes.png NYSP Sergeant Station Commander Stripes.png NYSP Technical Sergeant Stripes.png NYSP Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
North Carolina
Rank Colonel[22][23] Lieutenant Colonel[22][23] Major[22][23] Captain[22][23] Lieutenant[22][23] First Sergeant[22][23][24][25] Sergeant[22][23][26][25] Master Trooper[22][23] Senior Trooper[22][23] Trooper[22][23] Probationary Trooper[27][23] Trooper Cadet[28][23]
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg NCHP First Sergeant Insignia.png NCHP Sergeant Insignia.png No insignia
Description[29] Patrol Commander[30] Appointed by the Governor Patrol Deputy Commander / Director of Support Operations[29] Support/Operations/Training/Professional Standards Troop Commander / (1 per troop; others assigned to specific posts) (3 per troop; others assigned to specific posts) District Commander (1 per patrol district; others assigned to specific posts) Shift Supervisor (3 per patrol district; others assigned to specific post) Rank stated on badge (6+ years experience) Rank stated on badge (3–6 years experience) 6 months – 3 years experience 0–6 months experience (field training) Trooper School
North Dakota
Rank Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Sergeant (yellow pin).png No insignia
Ohio
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Staff Lieutenant Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg NYSP Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Oklahoma
Rank[31] Commissioner Assistant Commissioner Chief (Colonel) Assistant Chief (Lieutenant Colonel) Deputy Chief (Lieutenant Colonel) Major Captain Lieutenant Trooper Cadet
Insignia 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg Lousisana State Troopers TPR collar insignia.jpg No insignia
Description Appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to serve as the head of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Appointed by the commissioner to serve as the chief of Administrative and Support Services for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Rank of colonel, appointed by the commissioner to be the professional head of the patrol, highest ranking uniformed officer Rank of lieutenant colonel, position not used but still recognized Rank of lieutenant colonel, responsible for overseeing patrol operations for assigned sections or performing administrative functions Responsible for overseeing zones which consist of two or more troops of the patrol Responsible for serving as a troop commander or performing a technical or specialized staff function First supervisory rank, responsible for supervising troopers in the performance of their duties or performing a technical or specific staff function Rank attained by Cadets upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for field law enforcement patrol or specialized or technical law enforcement function A Cadet is a new recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy. These personnel do not wear rank insignia.
Oregon
Rank Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Sergeant Insignia - Gold Metal.png No insignia
Pennsylvania
Rank Colonel (Commissioner) Lieutenant Colonel (Deputy Commissioner) Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Trooper First Class Trooper State Police Cadet
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg PSP - Sergeant.jpg PSP - Corporal.jpg PSP - Trooper 1C.jpg No insignia
Description Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Deputy Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Commander of an Area, such as Area III, encompassing several Troops. Troop Commander, such as Troop B, encompassing several Stations. Station Commander, such as Station 1 (located in Troop B of Area III). Station Commander, Supervisor of a unit, section, or specialty position. Supervisor of Troopers, oversee the patrol's daily calls for service. This is a longevity promotion for Troopers with 12 years of service. Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, cadets are promoted to the rank of Trooper. A Commonwealth employee who is enrolled in but has not yet graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
Rhode Island
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg RISP Sergeant.jpg RISP Corporal.png No insignia
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Texas Highway Patrol
Rank DPS Director (Colonel)[32] Deputy Director (Lieutenant Colonel)[32] Chief[32] Major Captain Lieutenant Master Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper Probationary Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Texas Highway Patrol Master Sergeant.svg VA - State Police Sergeant.png TX - Houston Police Senior Police Officer.png No insignia
Texas rangers
Rank Chief[32] Assistant Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Field Ranger
Insignia Blank.png Blank.png Blank.png Blank.png Blank.png Blank.png No insignia
Utah
Rank Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg Maj leaf 003.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg Utah highway patrol sergeant insignia.svg No insignia
Virginia
Rank Colonel[33] Lieutenant Colonel[33] Major[33] Captain[33] Lieutenant[33] First Sergeant[33] Sergeant[33] Master Trooper[33] Senior Trooper[33] Trooper-Pilot[33] Trooper II[33] Trooper I[33] Trainee[33]
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg VA - State Police First Sergeant.png VA - State Police Sergeant.png No insignia
Description Superintendent of State Police Deputy Superintendent (1) / Bureau Director (1 per bureau) / Office of Performance Management and Internal Controls (1) Bureau Deputy Director (2 per bureau) Division Commander Field / Headquarters Lieutenant / Staff Assistant Area Commander First-line supervisor Career Progression, based on length of service, 25+ years[33] Career Progression, based on length of service, 9+ years[33] Trooper's assigned to the Aviation Unit[33] Career Progression, automatic after 1 year probationary period[33] Probationary Trooper, first year in the field[33] Status while attending the state police academy[33]
Vermont
Rank[34] Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper Trooper Probationary
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Army-USA-OR-06.svg VSP Sergeant.jpg VSP Corporal.jpg VSP Trooper First Class.jpg No insignia
Description The Director of the Vermont State Police may be promoted to full colonel at the discretion of the Commissioner. The Director of the Vermont State Police is a lieutenant colonel. The Commissioner of Public Safety makes this appointment for a term of three years. The director may be reappointed at the commissioner's discretion. This rank can also be issued to a deputy director, though actual use of such a position varies and is not always used. Captains may be promoted to major on a case-by-case basis when the need arises. Currently the State Police has three majors, each overseeing one of the major divisions of the State Police i.e., Support Services, Field Force and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). Lieutenants with 6 months of experience at that rank may be considered for promotion to captain. Each troop area is overseen by a captain. There are also a number of captains in staff positions. Sergeants with three years of experience at that level may be considered for promotion to lieutenant. Lieutenants are commissioned officers and the rank generally includes station commanders as well as commanders of other specialized divisions within the State Police.

All members hired after January 1, 1998, must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to be eligible for a promotion to lieutenant.

Sergeants with 15 years of service are promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant. Troopers are eligible for consideration for promotion to sergeant after a minimum of five years with the department. Sergeants in the State Police are the first-line supervisors, typically referred to as patrol commanders. Many of the department's detectives also hold the rank of sergeant. All members hired after January 1, 1998, must possess an associate degree from an accredited college or university to be eligible for a promotion to sergeant. Senior troopers are promoted to corporal upon completion of fifteen years of service. Probationary troopers are promoted to the rank of trooper first class after one year of service with the department. Trooper Probationary No rank insignia. This is the entry level rank of all members of the State Police.
Washington
Rank Chief of the Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant State Trooper Trooper Cadet[35]
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Louisiana State Police Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
West Virginia
Rank Superintendent - Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant First Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Trooper First Class Senior Trooper Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg WV - First Sergeant 2.png West Virginia State Police Sergeant Stripes.png West Virginia State Police Corporal Stripes.png West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Stripes.png West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class Stripes.png No insignia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Trooper
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia

Counties[edit]

Counties
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Police First Class Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O5 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg Second Lieutenant insignia.png MPDC Sergeant Stripes.png MPDC Corporal Stripes.png First Class Stripes - Blue w-White.png No insignia
Baltimore County, Maryland
Rank Chief Of Police Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Police Officer First Class Police Officer Police Recruit Police Cadet
Insignia 2 Gold Stars.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Army-USA-OR-05 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-04a (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-02 (Army greens).svg No insignia
Denver County, Colorado
Rank Sheriff Division Chief Major Captain Sergeant Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Rank Sheriff Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Deputy Sheriff
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg LASD Deputy.jpg No insignia
Description The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for East Baton Rouge Parish. The sheriff wears four gold stars on each shoulder.

Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III
The colonel is the Chief Criminal Deputy of the sheriff's office. Ultimately all divisions of the sheriff's office fall under the guidance of the colonel. The colonel wears a silver eagle on each shoulder.

Colonel Lawrence McCleary, Chief Criminal Deputy
Stephen Hymel, Chief Civil Deputy
The lieutenant colonel is primarily responsible for the criminal division of the sheriff's office. The lieutenant colonel wears a silver oak leaf on each shoulder.
Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Grimes is the Warden at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. (Warden)
There are four majors in the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Majors wear a gold oak leaf on each shoulder.

Major Ron Boucher, Chief of Detectives
Major Michael Crawford, Chief of Operations
Major Robert Clements, Deputy Warden of the Parish Prison
Captains are commanders of their particular division such as: Kleinpeter Substation, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene etc... Captains are ultimately responsible for the performance and conduct of the deputies in their command. The sheriff's office has approximately 12+ captains. Captains wear two gold bars on each shoulder. Lieutenants are shift supervisors. They are responsible for all of the activity on their respective shifts and for ensuring the deputies are serving the citizens and enforcing the laws properly. Lieutenants wear a single gold bar on each shoulder. Sergeants are assistant shift supervisors. The shift sergeant assists the shift lieutenant with day-to-day activities of his shift and the supervision of deputies under their command. Sergeants must perform patrol activities as well as knowing about the shift as he is the acting shift supervisor when needed. Sergeants wear three inverted chevrons on the uniform shirt collar. Corporals are first line supervisors who assist the shift sergeants and lieutenants with supervising deputies under their command. Unlike many law enforcement agencies where the rank of corporal is given after a certain period of service, corporals with the Sheriff's office are promoted much like sergeants and are supervisors who routinely perform the job of acting sergeant or scene supervisor when necessary. Corporals wear two inverted chevrons on the uniform shirt collar. The position of deputy sheriff is the entry job title of the Sheriff's Office. Even after they are promoted or transferred they are still a deputy sheriff as they serve under the sheriff. Deputies do not wear rank insignia.
Jefferson County, Colorado
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Division Chief Commander Sergeant Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Kern County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Chief Deputy Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Senior Deputy Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-OF1B.svg Kern County Sergeant.png Kern County Senior Deputy.png No insignia
Los Angeles County, California
Rank[36] Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant sheriff Chief (division chief) Commander (area chief) Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Deputy sheriff (BONUS II)
(Master Field Training Officer / Detective / Custody Senior Deputy)
Deputy sheriff (BONUS I)
(Field Training Officer + various other assignments in Bureaus & Details)[37]
Deputy sheriff
(Patrol Deputy, Line Deputy + other assignments)
Deputy sheriff trainee
Insignia 5 Gold Stars.svg 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg Master FTO Rank LASD U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Maricopa, Arizona
Rank[38] Sheriff Chief Deputy Executive Chief Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Deputy or Detention Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Central Marin, California
Rank Chief of Police Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Police Officer
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-OF1A.svg SCHP - Sergeant.png South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
Miami-Dade, Florida
Rank Director Deputy Director Assistant Director Deputy Chief or Division Chief Major Bureau Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
Nassau County, New York
Rank Police Commissioner Chief of Department Chief of Division Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Inspector Deputy Inspector Detective Captain or
Captain
Detective Lieutenant or
Lieutenant
Detective Sergeant or
Sergeant
Detective or
Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Orange County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Investigator Master Field Training Officer Deputy Sheriff II Deputy Sheriff I
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police private rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Pima County, Arizona
Rank Sheriff Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Riverside County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Chief Deputy Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Master Investigator Investigator Corporal Deputy Sheriff
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg Two stripes over two rockers, with a star encircled by a wreath in between. Rso-01-investigator.png Rso-01-corporal.png No insignia
Description There are four ranks as part of the Career Investigator Program: Investigator I, Investigator II (Senior Investigator), Investigator III (Lead Investigator), and Investigator IV (Master Investigator). There is only one rank as a Corporal: Corporal I. A Corporal's role is to assist mainly the Sergeant and/or the Lieutenant with overseeing of Probationary Deputies and other Deputies in that division. When a member of the Riverside County Sheriff is promoted to Corporal he/she receives a new uniform with a Corporal Insignia placed on the upper left and right arm underneath the Riverside County Sheriff emblem/insignia. There are three Deputy Sheriff grades (currently used only for pay grade identification): Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff A (possesses CA intermediate POST certificate), and Deputy Sheriff B (possesses CA advanced POST certificate). Deputy Sheriff's distinguish themselves from Correctional Deputies and Deputy Coroners by having a yellow stripe down the side of their pants. Correctional Deputies and Deputy Coroners also wear a black tie while Deputy Sheriffs wear a green tie.
St. Louis, Missouri
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief of Police Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer Probationary Police Officer
Insignia US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Brown and Gold Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
San Bernardino County, California (Probation)
Rank Chief Deputy Chief Director II Director I Probation Supervisor II Probation Supervisor I Probation Officer II Probation Officer I
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
San Diego County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Deputy Sheriff
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg Army-USA-OR-05.svg Army-USA-OR-04a.svg No insignia
San Francisco County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Chief Deputy Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Senior Deputy Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Santa Barbara County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Chief Deputy Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Senior Deputy Deputy
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Santa Clara County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Deputy Sheriff
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Sergeant Stripes - Blue w-Gold.png No insignia
Shelby County, Tennessee
Rank Sheriff Chief Deputy/Jailer Assistant Chief Deputy/Jailer Chief Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Deputy
Insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Brown and Gold Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Suffolk County Police, New York
Rank Police Commissioner Chief of Department Chief of Division Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Inspector Deputy Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer/Detective
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Suffolk County Sheriff, New York
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Chief Deputy Sheriff/
Chief of Staff/
Warden
Warden Deputy Warden Captain/
Investigator Captain
Lieutenant/
Investigator Lieutenant
Sergeant/Investigator Sergeant Deputy Sheriff/
Correction Officer/
Deputy Sheriff Investigator/
Correction Officer Investigator
Insignia 5 Gold Stars.svg 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg SCSO Captain Insignia.png SCSO Lieutenant Insignia.png SCSO Sergeant.png NY - SCSO Correction Sergeant.png No insignia
Sullivan County, Tennessee
Rank Sheriff Chief Deputy Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Deputy/Detective
Insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Ventura County, California
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant sheriff Commander Captain Sergeant Senior deputy sheriff Deputy sheriff
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg U.S. police corporal rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia

Cities[edit]

Cities
Albuquerque
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief of Police Chief of Staff Deputy Chief of Staff Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer/Detective
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Atlanta
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Major Lieutenant Sergeant Investigator Senior Police Officer Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Aurora
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Division Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Agent Police Officer Police Cadet
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg MPDC Sergeant Stripes.png MPDC Corporal Stripes.png No insignia
Bakersfield
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Senior Officer Officer
Insignia No insignia
Baltimore
Rank Police Commissioner Deputy Police Commissioner Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer / Detective Police Trainee
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Bishop
Rank Chief Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Boston
Rank Commissioner (civilian) Superintendent In Chief Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Captain/Captain Detective Lieutenant/Lieutenant Detective Sergeant/Sergeant Detective Detective Police Officer
Insignia No insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Description The Commissioner is ppointed by the Mayor of Boston. The Commissioner is the executive head of the department. The Superintendent in Chief is the highest-ranking police officer in the department. This position is not always filled. Superintendents are typically in charge of a Bureau, or they can be the director of the academy Deputy Superintendents are typically second-in-command of a Bureau, or the deputy director of the academy Captains are typically commanders in charge of a district, or unit commander in academy, or service chief in the department administration Lieutenants are in charge of holding the functions of being second-in-command of their respective district, or Unit leader in district, or service chief in the department administration, or instructor in academy, etc Sergeants are responsible for holding the functions of district sergeant, or unit deputy chief in district or staff sergeant in the department administration, or instructor in academy, etc Detective is a rank, guaranteed by a Legislative Act of 1986, they work in civil clothes and hold the function of an investigator. Police Officers are the first ranking officers.
Charlotte
Rank Chief of Police[39] Assistant Chief[40] Deputy Chief Major Captain[41] Lieutenant[42][41] Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg MPDC Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Chicago
Rank Superintendent of Police First Deputy Superintendent of Police Chief Deputy chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Field training officer Police officer/assigned as: detective/youth officer/gang specialist/police agent/major accident investigator/ etc Police officer
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg Chicago PD Sergeant Stripes.png Chicago PD FTO Stripes.png No insignia
Description Appointed by the Mayor of Chicago. Highest rank in the Chicago Police Department. Appointed by the Superintendent of Police. Second Highest rank in the Chicago Police Department. Rank since September 8, 2011. Chiefs are typically in charge of a Bureau. Rank since September 8, 2011. Commanders are typically in charge of a district. Captains are typically Executive Officers of Districts. Field training officers wear one chevron over one rocker, with "FTO" in the center of the insignia, but are not considered ranking officers. Chicago detectives are not considered ranking officers, but rather officers assigned to specialized units, e.g. violent crimes, robbery, gang and narcotics (NAGIS), Internal Affairs Division (IAD), Major Accident Investigation Section (MAIS), etc. (Unless they hold the rank of sergeant or above.) Police officers are the first ranking officers. They are dispatched radio assignments, conduct patrol, and respond to other emergencies as needed.
Cleveland
Rank Chief Deputy Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Field Training Officer Police Officer
Insignia 1 Gold Star.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg
US-OF1B.svg
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Colorado Springs
Rank Chief of police Deputy chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Police officer/Detective
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Columbus
Rank Chief of police Deputy Chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg MPDC Sergeant Stripes.png No insignia
Dallas
Rank Chief Executive Assistant Chief Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Major[43] Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Senior Corporal Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg No insignia
Denver
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Technician Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Corporal 2.png No insignia
Description Appointed by the Chief of Police from Commander and Captain ranks. Appointed by the Chief of Police from Lieutenant and Captain ranks. Promotion based on panel interview/departmental assessment. Current rank is no longer used it now goes from Lieutenant to Commander. Promotion based on a written examination and panel interview/departmental assessment. Promotion based on a written examination and panel interview/departmental assessment. At least one year service as a technician before eligibility for promotion to corporal (after an additional written examination and interview). At least three years service as a police officer before eligibility for promotion to Technician (after an additional written examination and interview). 4th through 1st Class
Detroit
Rank Chief Assistant chief Deputy chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Neighborhood police officer Corporal Police officer Reserve officer
Insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg LAPD Police Officer-3+1 - Senior Lead Officer.jpg LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg No insignia
Fort Worth
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal/Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png Blue Chevron Corporal Rank.svg No insignia
Fresno
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Houston
Rank Chief Executive Assistant Chief[44] Assistant Chief[44][45] Commander[44] Lieutenant Sergeant[45][46] Senior Police Officer[44][47] Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-OF1B.svg TX - Houston Police Sergeant.png TX - Houston Police Senior Police Officer.png No insignia
Indianapolis
Rank[48] Chief of Police Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Commander Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Patrolman
Insignia 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Irvine
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal/Field Training Officer Police Officer
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg LAPD Sergeant-1.jpg LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg No insignia
Jacksonville
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Director Chief Assistant Chief Captain (Corrections/Auxiliary Only) Lieutenant Master Sergeant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Master Police Officer/Master Corrections Officer
/Community Service Corporal/Police Emergency Communications Officer II (Dispatcher)
Senior Police Officer/Senior Corrections Officer
/Police Emergency Communications Officer I (Receiving Officer)
Officer / Detective
Insignia 5 Gold Stars.svg 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Army-USA-OR-07 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-06 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-05 (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-04a (Army greens).svg Army-USA-OR-02 (Army greens).svg No insignia
Juneau
Rank Chief Deputy Chief Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg US-O1 insignia.svg SCHP - Sergeant.png No insignia
Kingsburg
Rank Chief Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Las Vegas
Rank Sheriff Undersheriff Assistant Sheriff Deputy Chief Captain/Corrections Captain Lieutenant/Corrections Lieutenant Sergeant/Corrections Sergeant Police Officer/Corrections Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Little Rock
Rank Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Lexington, Massachusetts
Rank Police Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia Colonel Gold-vector.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg VA - State Police Sergeant.png No Insignia No Insignia
Description The Executive Head of the department, responsible for oversight of both the Administration and Operations Divisions. They're also responsible for Internal Affairs management and Fiscal Affairs. Commanders of the Administration Division or Operations Division, as well as being Second-in-Command of the Department. Patrol Group Supervisors, Shift Commanders, and Sub-Division Commanders. Patrol Supervisors, sometimes Shift Commanders. Investigators, as well as the School Resource Officer. Standard members of the department, filling various roles.
Long Beach
Rank Chief Assistant chief Deputy chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Police officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg No insignia
Los Angeles
Ranks[49][50] Chief of Police Police Assistant Chief Police Deputy Chief Police Commander Police Captain III
Police Captain II
Police Captain I
Police Lieutenant II
Police Lieutenant I
Detective III Police Sergeant II Police Detective II Police Sergeant I Police Detective I Police Senior Lead Officer Police Officer III Police Officer II Police Officer I
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg LAPD Detective-3.jpg LAPD Sergeant-2.jpg LAPD Detective-2.jpg LAPD Sergeant-1.jpg LAPD Detective-1.jpg LAPD Police Officer-3+1 - Senior Lead Officer.jpg LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg No insignia
Description Appointment made by the Mayor of Los Angeles, with majority approval of the Police Commission. Should have a college degree and at least 12 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience. Commanding Officer of an office or Bureau Assistant commanding Officer of an office or Bureau Eligibility for rank promotion achieved after completion of required probationary periods. At least two years service as Sergeant or Detective before eligibility for promotion to Lieutenant I. Promotion based on panel interview/departmental assessment. Certain Police Officers III in special or hazard pay situations (Police Officer III+1s) are denoted by a Police Officer III insignia and star. These roles can include traffic follow-up investigators, canine training officers, SWAT platoon element leaders, and Senior Lead Officers who coordinate geographical areas.[51] At least four years service as a Police Officer before becoming eligible for promotion to Sergeant I or Detective I (which requires an additional examination and interview). At least three years service as a Police Officer before eligibility for promotion to Police Officer III Automatic promotion to Police Officer II upon satisfactory completion of an 18-month probationary assignment (6 months at the academy plus a 12-month field assessment).
Los Angeles School Police Department
Ranks Chief of police Deputy chief of police Police lieutenant Police sergeant Police detective Senior police officer Police officer Police recruit
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg LAPD Sergeant-1.jpg LAPD Detective-1.jpg LAPD Police Officer-3+1 - Senior Lead Officer.jpg No insignia
Los Angeles Airport Police
Ranks Airport Police Chief Assistant Airport Police Chief Airport Police Captain II Airport Police Captain I Airport Police Lieutenant Airport Police Sergeant II Airport Police Sergeant I Airport Police Officer III – Detective Assignment Airport Police Officer III – Senior Lead Officer Assignment Airport Police Officer II Airport Police Officer I
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg
Louisville
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Major Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia US-O7 insignia.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Madera
Rank Chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Memphis
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief of Police Deputy Chief Station Commander Assistant Station Commander Major Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer/Detective
Insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Miami
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Major Commander Executive Officer Senior Sergeant-At-Arms Sergeant-At-Arms Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg XO Insignia.png Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Modesto
Rank Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Nashville
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Field Training Officer Police Officer/Detective Police Officer Trainee
Insignia New York Fire Department Chief Rank.png 4 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Corporal 2.png No insignia
New Orleans
Rank[52] Superintendent Chief Deputy Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Major[53][54] Sergeant Detective Officer IV Officer III Officer II Officer I Reserve Recruit (Field) Recruit (Academy)
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NJSP Sergeant Stripes.png Same
as Officers
Chevron double silver.jpg Chevron single+1rocker silver.jpg Chevron single silver.jpg No insignia
Description Police Department commander Bureau commander Bureau commander Division,
Unit, Section
commander
Platoon,
Division,
District Unit,
Section commander
Honorary Rank (Sector,
Section,
Task Force commander)
Sector,
Section,
Task Force commander
Investigations,
CrimeStoppers
Patrol,
Various
(same as regular Officers) N/A
New York City
Rank Commissioner (civilian) First Deputy Commissioner (civilian) Chief of department Bureau Chief
Bureau Chief Chaplain
Department Chief Surgeon
Assistant Chief
Assistant Chief Chaplain†
Assistant Chief Surgeon
Deputy Chief
Deputy Chief Chaplain†
District Surgeon
Inspector
Chaplain†
Police Surgeon
Deputy Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective (grades 3rd–1st) Police officer Probationary police officer Recruit officer Cadet
Insignia No insignia No insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia

^ †: Uniform rank that has no police powers

Norfolk
Rank Chief Deputy
Chief
Assistant
Chief
Captain Lieutenant PTO Sergeant Sergeant PTO Corporal Corporal Police Training Officer II Master Police Officer Police Training Officer I Detective Officer Recruit
Insignia Norfolk Police Department chief collar pin.png US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg Norfolk Police Department sergeant chevrons.png Norfolk Police Department corporal chevrons.png No insignia No insignia
Oakland
Rank Chief Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant (Training Sergeant)/Detective Field Training Officer Police Officer/Investigator
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Corporal 2.png No insignia
Omaha
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
with 7 years experience[55]
Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png U.S. police corporal rank (black and light blue).svg No insignia
Philadelphia
Rank Police Commissioner First Deputy Police Commissioner Deputy Police Commissioner Chief Inspector Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal
Detective
Police Officer Police Officer Recruit
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Colonel Gold-vector.svg US-O5 insignia.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Corporal 2.png No insignia
Phoenix
Rank[56] Chief of Police Executive Assistant Chief Assistant Chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Sergeant-in-Training Field Training Officer Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-OF1B.svg Sergeant Stripes - Blue w-Gold.png Corporal 2.png FTOPatch.jpg No insignia
Pittsburgh
Rank Chief Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Commander Lieutenant Sergeant Detective/Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Roseville
Rank Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
Sacramento
Rank[57] Chief Deputy chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
San Diego
Rank Chief Executive Assistant Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer III Police Officer II Police Officer I Police Recruit
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg Sergeant Stripes - Blue w-Gold.png No insignia
San Francisco
Rank Chief Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Commander Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Inspector Assistant Inspector Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg SanFranciscoPoliceBadge.png
San Jose
Rank Chief Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Rank Chevrons.svg No insignia
Salt Lake City
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief Deputy Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg No insignia
Seattle
Rank[58] Chief of Police Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg SCHP - Sergeant.png No insignia
Selma
Rank Chief Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg US-OF1B.svg SCSO Sergeant.png No insignia
St. Louis
Rank Commissioner of Police Deputy Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer/Detective Probationary Police Officer Police Cadet
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Description The Commissioner of Police holds the rank of Colonel and is appointed by director of public safety. Highest rank in the Metropolitan Police Department. Deputy chiefs are appointed by the commissioner and hold the rank of lieutenant colonel, the second highest rank in the Metropolitan Police Department. Majors are appointed by the commissioner. Captains are appointed by the commissioner. Assigned to geographic patrol and detective divisions is responsible for supervising patrol sergeants, police officers and detectives who carry out day-to-day, routine crime suppression and investigative functions Sergeants are responsible for the direct supervision of their patrol division and the conduct, appearance and performance of personnel assigned under their command. Performs duties to patrol a specific area to protect life and property, and enforce laws and ordinances using tactful and courteous treatment of the public and conscientious and efficient performance of duties. Following graduation from the academy, officers receive the title Probationary Police Officer (PPO) for twelve months until being promoted to Police Officer. The goal of the program is to provide interested individuals between the ages of 18 and 20½ with paid, on the job training and exposure to various police department units; the opportunity to earn course credit; and the foundation to be successful and well-prepared upon entering the St. Louis Police Academy once turning 20½.
Tampa
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief of Police Deputy Chief Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Corporal Master Police Officer Police Officer
Insignia[59] 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg US-O4 insignia.svg Captain insignia.png First Lieutenant insignia.png U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg MPDC Corporal Stripes.png First Class Stripes - Blue w-White.png No insignia
Tucson
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief Assistant Chief Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Lead Police Officer Detective Police Officer Police Reserve Officer Police Recruit Police Volunteer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-OF1B.svg U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg LASD Deputy.jpg No insignia
Virginia Beach
Washington, DC
Rank Chief of Police Patrol Chief Assistant chief Commander Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Master Patrol Officer Officer First Class Officer Recruit officer
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O6 insignia shaded.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg CO - SP Sergeant Stripes.png CO - SP Corporal Stripes.png Washiington D.C. - Officer 1st Class.png No insignia

Other[edit]

Other
Amtrak
Rank Chief of Police Assistant Chief of Police Deputy Chief Inspector Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective (Gold Badge/insignias) Special Agent (Gold Badge/insignias) Criminal Investigator Police Officer
Insignia 4 Gold Stars.svg 3 Gold Stars.svg 2 Gold Stars.svg 1 Gold Star.svg Captain insignia gold.svg US-O1 insignia.svg NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg No insignia
Puerto Rico
Rank[60] Comisario
Commissioner
Coronel
Colonel
Teniente Coronel
Lieutenant Colonel
Comandante
Commander
Inspector
Inspector
Capitán
Captain
Teniente Primero
First lieutenant
Teniente Segundo
Second lieutenant
Sargento
Sergeant
Agente
Officer/ Agent
Cadete
Cadet
Insignia US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg PR - Police Sergeant.png PRPD police officer badge.jpg No insignia
Description Governor Appointee Bureau/ Regional/ Administrative Commander Regional/ Administrative Commander Regional Commander Division/ Unit/ District Commander District/ Precinct/ Unit Commander/Supervisor District/ Precinct/ Unit Commander District/ Precinct Commander Shift Supervisor Patrol
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Rank Chief of Police Deputy Chief of Police Major Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Detective Corporal Police Officer
Insignia Colonel Gold eagle.png Lieutenant Colonel insignia.png Major insignia.png Captain insignia.png First Lieutenant insignia.png NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg MPDC Corporal Stripes.png No insignia
Description Chief of Service. Responsible for the entirety of the Police Service. Deputy Chief of Service. Charged with assisting the Chief of Police in running the entirety of the Police Service. Supervisory Police Officer or Supervisory Security Specialist. This position is equivalent in grade to a Captain. However, this rank is awarded to those officers specifically charged with overseeing patrol operations. Supervisory Police Officer or Supervisory Security Specialist. Usually commands a section or division within the Service, such as Physical Security, Administration, Investigations, Communications etc. Supervisory Police Officers (Watch Commanders). Supervises a shift (or multiple shifts) of Police and Security personnel, including Police Officers, Sergeants, and Security Assistants (Dispatchers). Lead Police Officers (Watch Leaders). Assists the Watch Commander in running a shift of Police Officers and Security Assistants (Dispatchers). First line leaders within the Service. Detectives are police investigators charged with investigating those crimes that do not fall under the purview of the VA Inspector General's Office (OIG).- This rank is authorized at the local level. It is the same grade as a journeyman level police officer. Generally, this rank is awarded to those officers who hold a special certification or responsibility. Charged with performing a wide array of policing duties with the jurisdiction of VA.

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