Superintendent of police (India)

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Insignia of Senior Superintendent of Police
Insignia of Superintendent of Police

In India, a District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in large or metropolitan cities or Superintendent of Police (SP) in smaller cities heads the police force of a district. In metropolitan areas having police commissionerate system (like in Delhi Police, Mumbai Police or Hyderabad Police) the head of district police is called Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), and he or she holds the rank of a SP.

Senior Superintendents of Police are the officers of the Indian Police Service. They are entrusted with the Powers and responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues of a district of a state or a union territory (UT) of India. They are assisted by the officers of the State Police Service and other State Police officials. Their rank badge is the Ashoka emblem above one star, Although just before becoming DIG (in 14th year) and in big cities like Lucknow where the post itself is SSP they wear the State Emblem above two stars. The rank below Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy.SP), while the rank above is Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) who wears Ashoka emblem above three stars. The rank of District superintendent of police is equivalent to the rank of second in command(2IC) in CAPF.

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  • "Nanded District Gazetteers – Police Department". Nanded District. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  • "How to become Superintendent of Police". Police Exam, India.