Police rank

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,


    • Major general
    • Brigadier
    • Colonel
    • Lieutenant colonel
    • Major
    • Captain
    • Lieutenant
    • Second lieutenant
    • Warrant Officer
    • Sergeant
    • Corporal
    • Private


    • Inspector general (IG)
    • Additional inspector general (Addl IG) / commissioner
    • Deputy inspector general (DIG) / additional commissioner
    • Additional deputy inspector general (Addl DIG) / joint commissioner
    • Superintendent (SP) / deputy commissioner
    • Additional superintendent (Addl SP)
    • Senior assistant superintendent (Snr ASP)
    • Assistant superintendent (ASP)
    • Inspector
    • Sub-inspector (SI)
    • Sergeant
    • Assistant sub-inspector (ASI)
    • Nayek
    • Constable


  • 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 (Portuguese: Polícia Federal, the equivalent to the FBI), the Federal Highway Police (Polícia Rodoviária Federal) and the Federal Railway Police (Polícia Ferroviária Federal). At a state level, there are the Military Police (Polícia Militar, a gendarmerie type force unlike the military police of many other countries, the Brazilian equivalent of which is the Army Police) and the Civil Police (Polícia Civil). At a city level, there is the Municipal Guard (Guarda Municipal). In terms of staff, the Military Police and the Civil Police are the most important, although in terms of headlines and prestige, the Federal Police concentrates most of the media attention.[1]

The Civil Police are responsible for investigating crimes while the Military Police are responsible for preventing them, although it is not rare to see their functions clashing and every so often they have open confrontations.

The Civil Police are organized accordingly to functions. Scrivener (escrivão) is the lower rank position responsible for the internal work inside the police premises (e.g., collecting witness statements). Detective (detetive) or investigator (investigador) is the position responsible for actions outside the premises (e.g., investigating the circumstances of a crime). Delegate (delegado, similar to captain in the US) is the senior official (required to have a law degree) responsible for the lower ranks and for coordinating the whole work (investigations) of the Civil Police. The Civil Police also have the assistance of experts (peritos), which are the technical body. The Federal Police follows a very similar structure to the Civil Police, the Federal Highway and Railway 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:

  • Comandante geral (colonel) (colonel commandant of military police)
  • Coronel (colonel)
  • Tenente-coronel (lieutenant-colonel)
  • Major (major)
  • Capitão (captain)
  • 1º tenente (1st lieutenant)
  • 2º tenente (2nd lieutenant)
  • Aspirante-a-oficial (cadet, student rank)
  • Subtenente (under-lieutenant)
  • 1º sargento (1st sergeant)
  • 2º sargento (2nd sergeant)
  • 3º sargento (3rd sergeant)
  • Cabo (corporal)
  • Soldado de 1ª classe (private 1st class)
  • Soldado de 2ª classe (private 2nd class, student rank)
NATO codeOF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D)Student officer
(Military Police)

No equivalent
Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante
(Military Police)

No equivalent No equivalent
Subtenente Primeiro-sargento Segundo-sargento Terceiro-sargento Cabo Soldado

The 2nd class private 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 is 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 reporting to general officers in the service branch.

Military police also consists of SWAT units, like, BOPE, Rio de Janeiro's Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (Battalion of Special Police Operations), and COE, Comandos e Operações Especiais (Commands and Special Operations) from São Paulo. Also there is an anti-riot unit called Batalhão de Choque (Chock Battalion) and São Paulo's specialized police, ROTA, Rondas Ostensivas Tobias de Aguiar (Tobias de Aguiar Ostensive Rounds), and a motorcycles battalion, A Ronda Ostensiva Com Apoio de Motocicletas (Ostensitive Ronda Supported by Motorcycles). Police in São Paulo also use Helicopteros Aguia (Eagle helicopters). As a general rule every state's Military Police is called Policia Militar, except Rio Grande do Sul's police, which are called as the Brigada Militar (Military Brigade). The Military Police have a drug abuse resistance education program, PROERD, or Programa Educacional de Resistência às Drogas e à Violência (Educational Program on Drug Resistance and Violence) that teaches youth about not using drugs and alcohol. Also, some police cars are designed to patrol schools, and those cars are painted to say "Patrulha Escolar" (School Patrol). There are also the Policia Ambiental (Environmental Police), or Policia Florestal (Forest Police), the canine units, and water police formations like maritime, fluvial and coastal police units under either the military police or the civil police.


Ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police[2]:

Commissioned officers
Commissioner Deputy commissioner Assistant commissioner Chief superintendent Superintendent Inspector
' Sous-commissaire Commissaire adjoint Surintendant principal Surintendant Inspecteur
1 7 26 58 179 348
Non-commissioned officers
Corps sergeant major Sergeant major Staff sergeant major Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Constable
Sergent-major du corps Sergent-major Sergent-major d'état major Sergent d'état-major Sergent Caporal Gendarme
1 1 13 812 1,923 3,377 11,491
No insignia

Police ranks for the Ontario Provincial Police are as follows. The majority of municipal police services use generally similar rank structures[3][4][5]:

Police ranks for the Alberta sheriffs[6]:

Ranks Chief sheriff Deputy chief Superintendent Inspector Branch sergeant major Sergeant Sheriff III FTO Sheriff III Sheriff II Sheriff I
Insignia No insignia No insignia

Ranks of the Sûreté du Québec[7]:

Commissioned officers
Director general
of the SQ
(directeur general)
Directeur adjoint Inspecteur chef Inspecteur Capitaine Lieutenant
Non-commissioned officers
Sergeant Chef d'equip Agent
No insignia

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

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

  • Director (directeur)
  • Associate director (directeur-adjoint)
  • Assistant director (assistant-directeur)
  • Chief inspector (inspecteur chef)
  • Inspector (inspecteur)
  • Commander (commandant de quartier)
  • Lieutenant / detective lieutenant (lieutenant/lieutenant détective)
  • Quarter sergeant (sergent de quartier)
  • Sergeant / detective sergeant (sergent/sergent détective)
  • Senior constable (agent sénior)
  • Constable (agent)

Different Canadian auxiliary police programs use various ranks, including some of the following:


These are the ranks used by Chilean police services.

Investigations Police of Chile (PDI) Officers

  • Director general
  • Prefecto general
  • Prefecto inspector
  • Prefecto
  • Subprefecto
  • Comisario
  • Subcomisario
  • Inspector
  • Subinspector
  • Detective
  • Aspirante

Carabineros de Chile Officers

RanksGeneral officersSenior officersHead officersJunior officers
Uniform coat
General officers' cape
Operational shirt
Rank TitleGeneral directorGeneral inspectorGeneralCoronelTeniente CoronelMayorCapitánTenienteSubteniente

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted

RanksWarrant officersNCOsEnlisted
Carabinero shirt
Operational shirt
RanksSuboficial mayorSuboficialSargento 1º Sargento 2°Cabo 1ºCabo 2°Carabinero


Chinese police officers under the Ministry of Public Security use rank insignia on both side of shoulders on the duty uniform. Senior officers ranking at commissioner and superintendent levels wear these on the white collar uniforms, and for inspector level and below, officers wear them on the sky blue collar uniforms.

Senior officers

  • Police commissioner (Chinese: 总警监; pinyin: zǒng jǐngjiān): Shoulder insignia: national coat of arms fully circled with a pair of olive branch.
  • Deputy police commissioner (Chinese: 副总警监; pinyin: fù zǒng jǐngjiān): Deputy minister of public security, shoulder insignia: national coat of arms partly circled with a pair of olive branch.
  • Superintendent 1st class (Chinese: 一级警监; pinyin: yījí jǐngjiān): Assistant commissioner of police shares this rank, Supt 1st class normally commands a functional bureau (e.g. CID, immigration, traffic, anti-smuggling) or a province formation, and direct reports to DCP. Shoulder insignia: three pips with olive leaves.
  • Superintendent 2nd class (Chinese: 二级警监; pinyin: èrjí jǐngjiān): Normally is second in charge of a functional bureau, or a province formation, or a city police headquarters commander. Shoulder insignia: two pips with olive leaves.
  • Superintendent 3rd class (Chinese: 三级警监; pinyin: sānjí jǐngjiān): Normally commands police division of a functional bureau, or the head of a police sub-bureau of a city. Shoulder insignia: one pip with olive leaves.
  • Inspector 1st class (Chinese: 一级警督; pinyin: yījí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: three pips with two silver bars
  • Inspector 2nd class (Chinese: 二级警督; pinyin: èrjí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: two pips with two silver bars
  • Inspector 3rd class (Chinese: 三级警督; pinyin: sānjí jǐngdū): Shoulder insignia: one pip with two silver bars

Administrative positions do not exactly tally with ranks among inspector level and junior officers, admin positions (from PC to station commander or even deputy chief of a sub-Bureau), are various and flexible, it depends on each individual's qualifications and multiple skills, performance efficiency and effectiveness, years of service, personality and communication ability, potential leadership. Loyal and qualified officers with no misconduct record, are eligible to get rank promotion every four years (only applicable from Sgt 1st class to Insp 1st class). For example, a normal PC holding a non-commissioned position during his or her entire police career, with the increasing years of service, the highest rank he or 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 or her overall performance and ability meet operation needs, recommended by his or her team leader or a higher commanding officer, may have chance to get promoted (as sub-unit commander, detective supervisor, etc.).

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

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

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

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

People's Armed Police

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 is under the PAP) which uses navy-style ranks and uniform plus the China Maritime Safety Administration.


NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
People's Republic of China No equivalent
Lieutenant general
Major general
Colonel commandant
Lieutenant colonel
First lieutenant
Second lieutenant
Officer cadet

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted

NATO code
People's Republic of China
Chief sergeant 1st class
Chief sergeant 2nd class
Chief sergeant 3rd class
Chief sergeant 4th class
Lance corporal
Private 1st class


Regular police ranks

  • Police chief director (Glavni ravnatelj policije)
  • Police director (Ravnatelj policije)
  • Deputy police director (Zamjenik ravnatelja policije)
  • Police senior commissioner (Glavni policijski savjetnik)
  • Police commissioner (Policijski savjetnik)
  • Chief police inspector (Glavni policijski inspektor)
  • Leading police inspector (Samostalni policijski inspektor)
  • Senior police inspector (Viši policijski inspektor)
  • Police inspector (Policijski inspektor)
  • Police sergeant major (Samostalni policijski narednik)
  • Police staff sergeant (Viši policijski narednik)
  • Police sergeant (Policijski narednik)
  • Leading police officer (Samostalni policajac)
  • Senior police officer (Viši policajac)
  • Police officer (Policajac)
  • Police college cadet (Vježbenik više i visoke stručne spreme)
  • Probationer with secondary school (Vježbenik Srednje Stručne Spreme)
  • Police basic recruit (Polaznik srednje stručne)

Special intervention police ranks

  • 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
MrMan368[9] 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


Danish National Police rank insignia
Rank Rigspolitichefen Politidirektør /
Vicepolitidirektør /
Vicerigspolitichef /
Chefpolitiinspektør /
Vicepolitimester /
Chefanklager /
Politiinspektør /
Vicepolitiinspektør Politikommissær Politiassistent af 1. grad Politiassistent af 2. grad Politibetjent Politikadet
EN Rank National police commissioner Chief of police Chief inspector /
chief prosecutor
Deputy chief of police /
chief inspector /
Deputy inspector Commissioner Police constable first class Police constable Police officer Police cadet


  • General of police (Politseikindral)
  • Inspector-general of police (Politseikindralinspektor)
  • Colonel (Politseikolonel)
  • Lieutenant colonel (Politseikolonelleitnant)
  • Major (Politseimajor)
  • Captain (Politseikapten)
  • Lieutenant (Politseileitnant)
  • Senior superintendent (Vanemkomissar)
  • Superintendent (Komissar)
  • Head constable, chief inspector (Ülemkonstaabel, üleminspektor)
  • Senior constable, senior inspector (Vanemkonstaabel, vaneminspektor)
  • Constable, inspector (Konstaabel, inspektor)
  • Basic constable, sub-inspector (Nooremkonstaabel, nooreminspektor)


  • National police commissioner (poliisiylijohtaja)
  • Deputy national police commissioner (poliisijohtaja)
  • Chief superintendent (poliisitarkastaja)
  • Police chief (poliisipäällikkö)
  • Deputy police chief (apulaispoliisipäällikkö)
  • Superintendent (ylikomisario)
  • Chief inspector (komisario)
  • Sergeant (ylikonstaapeli)
  • Senior constable (vanhempi konstaapeli)
  • Constable (nuorempi konstaapeli)


Police Nationale

Corps de Conception et de Direction

  • Director general of the National Police (Directeur général de la police nationale)
  • Director of active Services (Directeur des services actifs)
  • Inspector general (Inspecteur général or directeur)
  • Superintendent general (Contrôleur général)
  • Commissioner general (Commissaire général)
  • Divisional commissioner (Commissaire divisionnaire)
  • Chief commissioner (Commissaire principal)
  • Commissioner (Commissaire de police)

Corps de Commandement

  • Police colonel (Commandant divisionnaire fonctionnel)
  • Police divisional major (Commandant divisionnaire)
  • Police major (Commandant de police)
  • Police captain (Capitaine de police)
  • Police lieutenant (Lieutenant de police)
  • Intern police lieutenant (Lieutenant de police stagiaire)
  • Student police lieutenant (élève lieutenant de police)

Corps d'Encadrement et d'Application

  • Police (sergeant) major (Major de police)
  • Police chief brigadier (Brigadier-chef de police)
  • Police brigadier (Brigadier de police)
  • Police constable (Gardien de la Paix)
  • Intern constable (Gardien de la Paix stagiaire)
  • Police constable cadet (élève gardien de la Paix)


Officiers (Officers)

Grade (rank) Insignia rank
Général d'armée
Général de corps d'armée
(Lieutenant general)
Général de division
(Major general)
Général de brigade
(Brigadier general)
(Lieutenant colonel)
Chef d'escadron
(Squadron leader)
(Second lieutenant)
Élève officier
(Officer cadet)

Sous-officers (Sub-officers)

Insignia rank
(Regimental sergeant major)
(Warrant officer class one)
(Squadron sergeant major)
(Warrant officer class two)
Maréchal des logis-chef
(Chief marshal of lodgings)
(Staff sergeant)
Gendarme sous contrat
(Junior gendarme)
Élève sous-officer
(Sub-officer cadet)

Hommes du rang > volontaires + réservistes (serviceman of the rank)

Insignia rank
Départementale & mobile
Aspirant de gendarmerie issu du volontariat
(AGIV, volunteer lieutenant)
Gendarme adjoint maréchal-des-logis
(Deputy gendarme marshal of lodgings)
Gendarme adjoint brigadier chef
(Deputy gendarme chief-brigadier)
Gendarme adjoint brigadier
(Deputy gendarme brigadier)
(lance corporal)
Gendarme adjoint volontaire 1ère classe
(Volunteer deputy gendarme first class)
Gendarme adjoint volontaire
(Volunteer deputy gendarme)

Police Municipale


  • Services director (directeur de service)

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


  • Service chief (chef de service)


  • Principal chief brigadier (brigadier-chef principal)
  • Chief brigadier (brigadier-chef)
  • Brigadier
  • Sergeant (gardien principal)
  • Deputy (gardien de police municipale)
  • Intern deputy (gardien stagiaire)


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 follow the scheme, but deviates in the flag ranks.

Politically appointed

These are comparable to military flag (general) officers, and are appointed by the state minister of interior (senators of interior in city-states). For federal agencies the federal minister of interior is responsible. They are usually specialists in public administration and have a master-level law degree. Since they are outside of the career system, they receive payment according to the B-scale of public officer payment grades.

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

Higher echelon

Comparable to military staff officers, major and above. The ranks are available for applicants who completed master level university studies, usually in law. It is possible for officers from the elevated echelon to obtain a master's degree from the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, so they can enter higher ranks.

  • Police chief director (Leitender Polizeidirektor) acts as lieutenant to the president of police or heading a branch service of state police. As a career position it corresponds to grade A16. Four gold stars on shoulder patch.
  • Police director (Polizeidirektor), commands a subdivision of a regional authority of state police, either territorial (encompassing roughly one or two Districts of Germany districts) or by branches (traffic, crime), grade A15, three gold stars.
  • Police senior councillor (Polizeioberrat), grade A14, two gold stars
  • Police councillor (Polizeirat), commands a local police division (Polizeiinspektion) or special branch, grade A13, one gold star

Elevated echelon

Comparable to military officers, lieutenant and above. The ranks are obtained after receiving a bachelor level degree of a state college of public administration. In several states of Germany this is the lowest echelon for service entry, the medium service echelon is being abolished.

  • First police chief inspector (Erster Polizeihauptkommissar), may serve in lieu of a police councillor, grade A13, four silver stars (in some states five).
  • Police chief inspector (Polizeihauptkommissar), grades A11 and A12, three silver stars, in some states four stars when in grade A12
  • Police senior inspector (Polizeioberkommissar), grade A10, two silver stars
  • Police inspector (Polizeikommissar), grade A9, one silver star

Medium echelon

Comparable to military non-commissioned officers Those ranks are usually obtained during or after two years service in training companies (Ausbildungshundertschaften) of the Bereitschaftspolizei. The ranks are indicated by light blue (with blue uniform) or light green (with green-brown uniform) stars.

  • Police chief master (upgraded pay) (Polizeihauptmeister mit Amtszulage), may serve in lieu of a police inspector, grade A9 with upgrade, four or five stars
  • Police chief master (Polizeihauptmeister), grade A9, four stars
  • Police senior master (Polizeiobermeister), grade A8, three stars
  • Police master (Polizeimeister), grade A7, 2 stars.
  • Chief constable (Hauptwachtmeister), grade A6, one 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 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



Junior police officers (JPOs) Non-commissioned officers (NCOs)

Rank and file


#TitleEnglish translation
1RíkislögreglustjóriNational police commissioner
2Aðstoðarríkislögreglustjóri Deputy national police commissioner
LögreglustjóriPolice commissioner
3AðstoðarlögreglustjóriDeputy police commissioner
4Yfirlögregluþjónn(Detective) chief superintendent
5Aðstoðaryfirlögregluþjónn(Detective) superintendent
6AðalvarðstjóriChief inspector
LögreglufulltrúiDetective chief inspector
RannsóknarlögreglumaðurDetective inspector
8LögreglumaðurPolice constable
9LögreglunemiPolice cadet
Afleysingamaður í lögregluTemporary replacement police constable
HéraðslögreglumaðurTemporarily hired constable


Gazetted officers include all the Indian Police Service officers and all State Police Services officers of and above the rank of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) or deputy superintendent of police (Dy.SP) in the Indian Police Service and State Police Service forces respectively.

Gazetted officers

Senior Superintendent of Police
Superintendent of Police
Assistant Superintendent of Police
Deupty Superintendent of Police

Non-gazetted officers

Police Inspector
Assistant Sub-Inspector
Police Head constable
Senior police constable
Constable No insignia


These are the ranking system currently used by the Indonesian National Police (Polri), having been used since 1 January 2001:

Worn on: General officers Field officers Subaltern officers
Ceremonial Dress Uniform (PDU)
Service Uniform (PDH)
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
in Indonesian:
Jenderal Polisi
(Jenderal Pol.)
Komisaris Jenderal Polisi
(Komjen Pol.)
Inspektur Jenderal Polisi
(Irjen Pol.)
Brigadir Jenderal Polisi
(Brigjen Pol.)
Komisaris Besar Polisi
(Kombes Pol.)
Ajun Komisaris Besar Polisi
Komisaris Polisi
Ajun Komisaris Polisi
Inspektur Polisi Satu
Inspektur Polisi Dua
in English:
Police General Police Commissioner General Police Inspector General Police Brigadier General Police Chief Commissioner Police Commissioner Police Deputy Commissioner Police Chief Inspector Police Inspector
1st Class
Police Inspector
2nd Class
Worn on: Sub-inspectors of Police
Ceremonial Dress Uniform (PDU)
Service Uniform (PDH)
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
in Indonesian:
Ajun Inspektur Polisi Satu (Aiptu) Ajun Inspektur Polisi Dua (Aipda) Brigadir Polisi Kepala (Bripka) Brigadir Polisi (Brigpol) Brigadir Polisi Satu (Briptu) Brigadir Polisi Dua (Bripda)
in English:
Police Sub-Inspector
1st Class
Police Sub-Inspector
2nd Class
Chief Brigadier
Police Brigadier Police Brigadier
1st Class
Police Brigadier
2nd Class
Worn on: Enlisted
Ceremonial Dress Uniform (PDU)
Service Uniform (PDH)
Field Uniform (PDL)
on collar
Rank in Indonesian: Ajun Brigadir Polisi (Abrigpol) Ajun Brigadir Polisi Satu (Abriptu) Ajun Brigadir Polisi Dua (Abripda) Bhayangkara Kepala (Bharaka) Bhayangkara Satu (Bharatu) Bhayangkara Dua (Bharada)
Rank in English: Police Adjutant Brigadier Police Adjutant Brigadier
1st class
Police Adjutant Brigadier
2nd class
Senior Patrolman Patrolman
1st class

Below is the rank system used prior, with its current equivalent. The system used before the transitional period followed the rank system in the Indonesian Army.

Current Transitional period (1 June – 31 December 2000) Past (until 31 May 2000)
General officers
Jenderal Polisi (Jenderal Pol) Jenderal Polisi Jenderal Polisi
Komisaris Jenderal Polisi (Komjen Pol) Komisaris Jenderal Polisi Letnan Jenderal Polisi (Letjen Pol,
Police Lieutenant General)
Inspektur Jenderal Polisi (Irjen Pol) Inspektur Jenderal Polisi Mayor Jenderal Polisi (Mayjen Pol,
Police Major General)
Brigadir Jenderal Polisi (Brigjen Pol) Brigadir Jenderal Polisi Brigadir Jenderal Polisi
Field officers
Komisaris Besar Polisi (Kombes Pol) Senior Superintendent Kolonel Polisi (Police Colonel)
Ajun Komisaris Besar Polisi (AKBP) Superintendent Letnan Kolonel Polisi (Letkol Pol,
Police Lieutenant Colonel)
Komisaris Polisi (Kompol) Asisten Superintendent (Superintendent Assistant) Mayor Polisi (Police Major)
Subaltern officers
Ajun Komisaris Polisi (AKP) Senior Inspektur Polisi Kapten Polisi (Police Captain)
Inspektur Polisi Satu (Iptu) Inspektur Polisi I Letnan Satu Polisi (Lettu Pol,
Police First Lieutenant)
Inspektur Polisi Dua (Ipda) Inspektur Polisi II Letnan Dua Polisi (Letda Pol,
Police Second Lieutenant)
Sub-inspectors of Police (WO)
Ajun Inspektur Polisi Satu (Aiptu) Ajun Inspektur Polisi I Pembantu Letnan Satu Polisi (Peltu Pol,
Police Chief Warrant Officer)
Ajun Inspektur Polisi Dua (Aipda) Ajun Inspektur Polisi II Pembantu Letnan Dua Polisi (Pelda Pol,
Police Warrant Officer)
Constables (NCO)
Brigadir Polisi Kepala (Bripka) Sersan Mayor Polisi Sersan Mayor Polisi (Serma Pol,
Police Sergeant Major)
Brigadir Polisi (Brigpol) Sersan Kepala Polisi Sersan Kepala Polisi (Serka Pol,
Police Master Sergeant)
Brigadir Polisi Satu (Briptu) Sersan Satu Polisi Sersan Satu Polisi (Sertu Pol,
Police Staff Sergeant)
Brigadir Polisi Dua (Bripda) Sersan Dua Polisi Sersan Dua Polisi (Serda Pol,
Police Sergeant)
Ajun Brigadir Polisi (Abrip) Bhayangkara Utama I Kopral Kepala (Police Master corporal)
Ajun Brigadir Polisi Satu (Abriptu) Bhayangkara Utama II Kopral Satu (Police Corporal)
Ajun Brigadir Polisi Dua (Abripda) Bhayangkara Utama Muda Kopral Dua (Police Lance Corporal)
Bhayangkara Kepala (Bharaka) Bhayangkara Kepala Prajurit Kepala (Police Master Constable)
Bhayangkara Satu (Bharatu) Bhayangkara I Prajurit Satu (Police Constable First Class)
Bhayangkara Dua (Bharada) Bhayangkara II Prajurit Dua (Police Constable)


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
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


The Iraqi Police is made up of three branches, under the command of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, these being the Iraqi Police Service which tasked with general patrol of Iraq's cities, the Federal Police (earlier was called National Police) which are a paramilitary organisation which deals with incidents that are beyond the control of the Iraqi Police, but are not so serious the Iraqi Army are involved, and the supporting force that is made up of the Department of Border Enforcement.[11]

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

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

Republic of Ireland

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

A Garda allocated to detective duties, up to and including the rank of Chief Superintendent, is a detective and the word Detective is prefixed to their rank (e.g. Detective Sergeant).



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


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

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

South Korea

  • Commissioner General (치안총감, 治安總監): at most one may be appointed at a time.
  • Chief Superintendent General (치안정감, 治安正監): at most five may be appointed at a time.
  • Senior Superintendent General (치안감, 治安監)
  • Superintendent General (경무관, 警務官)
  • Senior Superintendent (총경, 總警)
  • Superintendent (경정, 警正)
  • Senior Inspector (경감, 警監)
  • Inspector (경위, 警衛)
  • Assistant Inspector (경사, 警査)
  • Senior Police Officer (경장, 警長)
  • Police Officer (순경, 巡警)
    • Newly commissioned officers are appointed as Policeman Assistant (순경시보, 巡警試補) for one year probationary period. The uniform and insignia of an assistant is identical to those of a Policeman.
  • Auxiliary Policeman (의경, 義警)
    • Sergeant Constable (수경, 首警)
    • Corporal Constable (상경, 上警)
    • Private Constable First Class (일경, 一警)
    • Private Constable (이경, 二警)


Ranks of Latvian State police (Latvian: Valsts policija)

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


Generalinis komisaras/Commissioner-General

A class officers

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

B class officers

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

C class officers

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


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

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


The Public Security Police Force of Macau (CPSP) includes the following categories, ranks and respective main functions :[12]

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

North Macedonia

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


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

  • Inspector General Grade
    • Inspector General of Police (Ketua Polis Negara) [IGP/KPN]: National Chief Police.
    • Deputy Inspector General of Police (Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara) [DIG/TKPN]: Deputy National Chief Police.
    • Commissioner of Police (Pesuruhjaya Polis) [CP] Department Chief Police (Ketua Jabatan Polis Negara)
    • Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (Penolong Senior Kanan Persuruhjaya Polis) [SACP]
    • Deputy Commissioner of Police (Timbalan Persuruhjaya Polis) [DCP] : State Chief Police Officer (Ketua Polis Negeri) [CPO]
    • Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (Penolong Senior Persuruhjaya Polis) [SAC]
    • Assistant Commissioner of Police (Penolong Persuruhjaya Polis) [ACP]: (Ketua Polis Daerah) District Chief Police. [DCP/KPD]
  • Superintendent Grade

Inspector Grade


Accordin to the General Law for the National System for Public Security, the Federal, State and Municipal Police Forces are mandated to have hierachial organization, holding the following ranks:

  • Basic Scale Ladder:
    • Constable
    • Leading Constable
    • Senior Constable
    • Sergeant
  • Officers:
    • Subofficer
    • Junior sub-inspector
    • Sub-inspector
  • Inspectors:
    • Inspector
    • Chief Inspector
    • Superintendent
  • Commissioners:
    • Commissioner
    • Chief Commissioner
    • Inspector general
  • Commissioner generals:
    • Commissioner General

The Mexican National Guard uses the ranks and insignia used by the Mexican Armed Forces.


Police of Montenegro uses following rank structure:

Police ranks of Montenegro
Police OfficerSenior Police OfficerSenior Police Officer I classPolice SergeantSenior Police SergeantSenior Police Sergeant I class Junior Police InspectorPolice InspectorPolice Inspector I classIndependent Police InspectorSenior Police InspectorSenior Police Inspector I classChief Police InspectorDeputy Police DirectorPolice Director
PolicajacStariji policajacStariji policajac I klasePolicijski narednikStariji policijski narednikStariji policijski narednik I klaseMlađi policijski inspektorPolicijski inspektorPolicijski inspektor I klaseSamostalni policijski inspektorViši policijski inspektorViši policijski inspektor I klaseGlavni policijski inspektorPomoćnik direktora policijeDirektor policije


Police ranks of the Netherlands
Rank First Chief Commissioner
(Eerste Hoofdcommissaris)
Chief Commissioner
Chief Superintendent
Rank Senior Constable
Police Patrol Officer
Police Trainee
Non Executive Employee
(Niet-Executieve Medewerker)


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
Norwegian Politistasjonssjef
Politioverbetjent Politiførstebetjent Politibetjent 3 Politibetjent 2 Politibetjent 1 Politi
Rank Police Chief
Chief Inspector
Police Inspector Police Sergeant Police Constable Police

Source: Norwegian National Police[13]


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

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


The following ranks are currently in force in the PNP:[14]

Commissioned officers

InsigniaRank 2019
Police Lieutenant
Police Captain
Police Major
Police Lieutenant Colonel
Police Colonel
Police Brigadier General
Police Major General
Police Lieutenant General
Police General

There is no 2nd Lieutenant rank-equivalent in the PNP.

Non-commissioned officers

InsigniaRank 2019
Police Corporal
Police Staff Sergeant
Police Master Sergeant
Police Senior Master Sergeant
Police Chief Master Sergeant
Police Executive Master Sergeant


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
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


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

  • Police Officers

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

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

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


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
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


The Police of Russia uses the following rank system:

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

Junior commanding staff

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

Middle commanding staff

  • Junior-lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Senior Lieutenant
  • Captain

Senior commanding staff

  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Colonel

General officers

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

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


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


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

Ranks of the Singapore Police Force
Senior Police Officers
Rank Commissioner of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Assistant Commissioner of Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Superintendent of Police Deputy Superintendent of Police Assistant Superintendent of Police Inspector
Junior Police Officers
Date of obsolescence Obsolete from 2016 Obsolete from 2016 Obsolete from 2016 Given only to NSFs Only used by the Gurkha Contingent Only given to members before Dishonorable Discharge Given only to NSFs
Rank Senior Station Inspector (2) Senior Station Inspector Station Inspector Senior Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Constable Special Constable

South Africa

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

Police ranks of South Africa
Group Senior Management - Commissioned Officers
Rank General (Gen) Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Major General (Maj Gen) Brigadier
Role Designation of
National Commissioner
Actg. National Commissioner,
Deputy National Commissioner,
Regional Commissioner,
Provincial Commissioner,
Divisional Commissioner
Group Commissioned Officers
Rank Colonel (Col) Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Captain
Group Non-commissioned Officers
Rank Warrant Officer (W/O) Sergeant (Sgt) Constable (Const)

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

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers

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

Senior Management - Commissioned officers
Commissioned Officers
Non-commissioned officers


Cuerpo Nacional de Policía

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

Guardia Civil - Civil Guard

Teniente General General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Comandante Capitán Teniente Alférez
Lieutenant General Divisional General Brigade General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major/Commandant Captain Lieutenant lit. Knight
Suboficial Mayor Subteniente Brigada Sargento Primero Sargento Cabo Mayor Cabo Primero Cabo Guardia Civil de Primera Guardia Civil
Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
1st Class
Warrant Officer
2nd Class
First Sergeant Sergeant Master Corporal Corporal Lance Corporal Civil Guardsman First Class
(Rank in abeyance)
Civil Guardsman

Basque Country

Ertzaintza - Basque Police


Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalan Police

Ranks of the Mossos d'Esquadra

Policía Foral (Foruzaingoa in Basque) - Navarrese Police

Sri Lanka

Gazetted Officers
Non-Gazetted Officers


Swedish Police Authority ranks and insignia after reorganization 2015[17]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 Name 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 Name 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

NATO CodeOF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1Student Officer
ร ๑ or ๒ or ๓ or ๔
Thai title พลตำรวจเอก พลตำรวจโท พลตำรวจตรี พลตำรวจจัตวา พันตำรวจเอก พันตำรวจโท พันตำรวจตรี ร้อยตำรวจเอก ร้อยตำรวจโท ร้อยตำรวจตรี นักเรียนนายร้อยตำรวจ
RTGS Phon Tam Ruad Ek Phon Tam Ruad Tho Phon Tam Ruad Tri Phon Tam Ruad Jattawa Phan Tam Ruad Ek Phan Tam Ruad Tho Phan Tam Ruad Tri Roi Tam Ruad Ek Roi Tam Ruad Tho Roi Tam Ruad Tri Nak Rian Nai Roi Tam Ruad
Abbreviation[18] พล.ต.อ. พล.ต.ท. พล.ต.ต. พล.ต.จ. พ.ต.อ. พ.ต.ท. พ.ต.ต. ร.ต.อ. ร.ต.ท. ร.ต.ต. นรต.
Anglicised version Police General Police Lieutenant General Police Major General Police Senior Colonel Police Colonel Police Lieutenant Colonel Police Major Police Captain Police Lieutenant Police Sub Lieutenant Police Cadet Officer
UK equivalent (Military/Police) General
Lieutenant General
Deputy Commissioner
Major General
Assistant Commissioner
Chief Superintendent
Lieutenant Colonel
Divisional Superintendent
Chief Inspector
Second Lieutenant
Subdivisional Inspector
Officer Cadet

Non-commissioned officers

Constable ranks No Insignia
ดาบตำรวจ จ่าสิบตำรวจ สิบตำรวจเอก สิบตำรวจโท สิบตำรวจตรี พลตำรวจ
Dahb Tam Ruad Cha Sip Tam Ruad Sip Tam Ruad Ek Sip Tam Ruad Tho Sip Tam Ruad Tri Phon Tam Ruad
Police Sergeant Major Police Staff Sergeant Police Sergeant Police Corporal Police Lance Corporal Police Constable
NATO Code OR-9 or OR-8 OR-7 or OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-1


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

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

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

United Kingdom

While some smaller or area specific police forces (ports, docks, tunnels etc.) may use variations on, or fewer of, these ranks, most territorial police forces and special police forces have a standard set of operational ranks:

The standard Chief Officer ranks outside London are:

Within London's Metropolitan Police Service the Chief Officer ranks are:

The City of London Police use similar Chief Officer ranks to the Metropolitan Police Service but with fewer ranks:

A police officer with investigative duties, up to and including the rank of Chief Superintendent, is a detective and the word Detective is prefixed to their rank (e.g. Detective Chief Inspector), except for the rank of Police Constable where the word Police is omitted, making them a Detective Constable.

United States

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Chief officers
  • Chief of Police (sometimes an elected position; some departments use Superintendent, Director or Commissioner, or may have those as higher ranks)
  • Deputy/Assistant Chief (or Deputy/Assistant Commissioner in large departments)
Supervisory ranks
  • Colonel/Commander/Inspector (large departments. An inspector may also be a non-supervisory technical or investigative rank.)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (large departments)
  • Major (large departments)
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant (rank may have grades in large departments)
  • Corporal (some departments only, rank may have different grades)
  • Detective (some departments only, rank may have different grades)
  • Police Officer (rank may have different grades, such as Senior Officer, Master Officer, etc.)
  • Police Cadet
  • Recruit, Trainee

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


  • Comisonado General
  • Comisonado Jefe
  • Comisonado Agregado
  • Comisonado
  • Subcomisionado
  • Supervisor Jefe
  • Supervisor Agregado
  • Supervisor
  • Inspector Jefe
  • Inspector
  • Subinspector
  • Sargento Mayor Supervisor
  • Sargento Mayor
  • Sargento I
  • Sargento II
  • Cabo I
  • Cabo II
  • Distinguido
  • Agente[19]


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

Commissioned officers

Highest Rank

  • 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

  • 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

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

Non-commissioned officers

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


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


Zimbabwe Republic Police

Commissioned Officers

  • Commissioner General - Commander of the Zimbabwe Republic Police
  • Deputy Commissioner General - Command any one of the four Divisions of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
  • Commissioner - Provincial Commanders.
  • Assistant Commissioner - Deputy Provincial Commanders.
  • Chief Superintendent - District Commanders.
  • Superintendent - Deputy District Commanders
  • Chief Inspector - Officers in Charge of Police Stations with high crime rate or high population density.
  • Inspector - Officers in Charge of Police Stations with low crime rates or low population density/Deputizes Chief Inspectors.

Non-Commissioned Officers

  • Assistant Inspector - Members in Charge of Sections or Police Posts/Deputizes Inspectors in Charge of Police Stations.
  • Sergeant Major - Deals with Disciplinary matters for the ranks of Sergeant and below.
  • Sergeant - First line supervisors.
  • Constable - General duty police officers.

See also


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