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Sub-divisional inspector was a rank used in the London Metropolitan Police from the 1870s or 1880s until 1949. A sub-divisional inspector ranked above an inspector and below a chief inspector. As the title suggests, he or she commanded a sub-division or held an equivalent administrative position. The equivalent rank in the Criminal Investigation Department was divisional detective inspector or first class detective inspector. In 1949, the rank was absorbed into that of chief inspector, although in 1953 officers who held the position of sub-divisional commander were regraded again to superintendent grade I, and are thus equivalent to modern superintendents.
Insignia was identical to that of the British Army. Rank was indicated by a number of diamond-shaped "stars" called "pips" that were worn on either the standing collar or epaulettes of the constable's tunic. From 1880 to 1922 the insignia was a single star, like that of a Second Lieutenant. From 1922 to 1941 the insignia was two "stars", like that of a full Lieutenant. From 1941 to 1949 the insignia was three "stars", like that of a Captain.
Bertha Clayden was the first (and possibly only) woman to be promoted to the rank, in 1934.
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