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    If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

  • #2
    The titles vary from agency to agency.


    • #3
      It really depends on the dept. For example, where im at, the head of the police is the chief and is appointed by the mayor and city council. (in all reality however, the mayor has final say in the dept.) The head of the Sheriff's Dept. is the Sheriff and he is elected to office by the county residents. The state troopers are headed by a director who is appointed by the state. From there the ranks go down and are diffrent for every dept. Additionally, each dept. has its own way of promoting, with most of them using testing, however some ranks/positions may be given meritoriously. Now to the question do these positions mean the individual has senority, and greater knowledge than those below them? Yes they have senority by rank, but not necessarily by time in service. And do they know more? We would like to think they do, however a test on paper is much diffrent then how things actually work in real life. I hope this helps.
      Facts are meaningless, they can be used to prove anything.

      Stay Safe


      • #4
        At my agency it goes like this:

        Deputy Chief (used to be called Captain, but it was changed)
        Master Police Officer
        Police Officer 2
        Police Officer 1

        *Detectives have ranks of Police Officer 1 through Lieutenant*


        • #5
          Chief Deputy,
          Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater


          • #6
            Sheriff (4 stars)
            1st Chief Deputy Sheriff (3 stars)
            2nd Chief Deputy Sheriff (2 stars)
            Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff (1 star)
            Department Chiefs (eagle, four of them, head of patrol, investigations, jail, comm/admin)
            Captain (captain's bars, assists Department chiefs)
            Lieutenant (lieutenant's bars one per shift, the overall shift supervisor)
            Sergeant (chevrons, supervises deputies in different sectors and detectives at headquarters)
            Detective (different badge than everybody else, no rank over deputies)
            Deputy (no rank indication)
            Dispatcher (no rank indication, our lifeline)
            Last edited by SIGman1; 12-10-2004, 04:55 PM.
            Looks like someone took their stupid pills today.


            • #7
              Commissioner: 1, in charge of the entire Force. Wears a crown, pip and a crossed baton and sword on his epaulettes, and double row of maple leafs on his cap;
              Deputy Commissioner: 5, in charge of the Regions within the Force. Wears a crown and crossed sword and baton on his epaulettes, and double row of maple leafs on his cap;
              Assistant Commissioner: 6, in charge of the larger Divisions. Wears a crown and 3 pips on his epaulettes, and a double row of gold braid on his cap;
              Chief Superintendant: several, in charge of our Academy and the smaller Divisions, or heading up larger support Units. Wears a crown and 2 pips on his epaulettes, and a double row of gold braid on his cap;
              Superintendant: lots, in charge of larger Detachments or Units. Wears a crown and pip on his epaulettes, and a single row of gold braid on his cap;
              Inspector: many, in charge of large Detachments, Units or administrative areas. Wears a crown on his epaulette and a single row of gold braid on his cap;
              Corps Sargeant Major: 1, advises the Commissioner on discipline, deportment, dress and ceremonials. Wears the Coat of Arms of Canada on his epaulettes;
              Staff Sargeant Major: 1 or 2, often in charge of kit and clothing design. Wears a crown surrounded by maple leaves on his epaulettes;
              Sargeant Major: 6, with 1 in each Region and at the Academy, responsible for dress, deportment and ceremonials. Wears a crown and 4 chevrons on his epaulettes;
              Staff Sargeant: in charge of Detachments, Units or administration. Wears 4 chevrons on his epaulettes;
              Sargeant: in charge of Detachments, Units or administrators. Wears a crown and 3 chevrons on his epaulettes;
              Corporal: in charge of small Detachments, Units or administrators. Wears 2 chevrons on his epaulettes;
              Constable: investigators;
              Special Constable: usually prisoner escorts and guards, and carry firearms. Wears "Special Constable" as an extra cloth badge on their shirts;
              Civilian Member: lab scientists, telecommunication operators, and do not wear a uniform or carry a firearm;
              Clerk: civilian office personnel;
              Auxiliary Constable: unpaid voluntary civilians with limited training and powers and do not carry firearms, in support of Constables and above. Wears "Auxiliary" as an extra cloth badge on their shirts.
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              • #8
                My department is a whole lot more simplistic

                Sheriff- 4 stars- head of department elected into office by county residents
                Undersheriff- 2 stars- in charge of Patrol and Detentions divisions
                Captain- Jail administrator
                Sergeant- Shift supervisor
                Deputy- patrol officer

                Corrections Sergeant- responsible for daily jail operations
                Corrections Corporal- jail shift supervisor
                Corrections officer- jail line officer

                As for experience/ seniority and rank

                I have more time/experience and seniority then 2 sergeants and am a senior deputy and can be an acting sergeant on a shift, but I don't wear any stripes. I would basically be a corporal, but our department does not have corporals in the patrol division. Besides for 50 cents more an hour I really don't want to be a sergeant.


                • #9

                  Police Officer
                  Detective (this rank is a non supervisory position and a detective and a Police Officer are equal ranks) Detectives have different grades: Specialist, Investigator, 2nd Grand and 1st Grand
                  (Sergeant and Captain can hold the position of "Special assignment" which would be the CO of a detective squad, etc. They get more pay than a normal officer of their rank)
                  Deputy Inspector.
                  Deputy Chief.
                  Assistant Chief.
                  Bureau Chief.
                  Chief Of Department


                  • #10
                    My department is set up the following:

                    Lieutenant (basically a Deputy Chief)
                    Sergeant (Shift supervisors)
                    Criminal Detective
                    Corporal (In charge when a Sergeant isn't working)
                    Juvenile Detective
                    P/T Officer


                    • #11
                      Suffolk County Police, ranks and insignia is also the same as NYPD:

                      Commissioner - 5 silver stars
                      Chief of Dept. - 4 gold stars
                      Division Chief - 3 gold stars
                      Assistant Chief - 2 gold stars
                      Deputy Chief - 1 gold star
                      Inspector - gold eagles
                      Deputy Inspector - gold oakleaves
                      Captain - 2 gold bars
                      Lieutenant - 1 gold bar
                      Sergeant - 3 NYPD style chevrons
                      Police Officer - nothing
                      Detectives ranks are Det., Det Sgt and Det Lt.

                      Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

                      Sheriff - 5 gold stars
                      Correction Undersheriff - 4 gold stars
                      LE Undersheriff - 3 gold stars
                      Chief of Staff - 2 gold stars
                      Chief Deputy/Warden - 1 gold star
                      Captain - 2 gold bars
                      Lieutenant/Inv III - 1 gold bar
                      Sergeant/Inv II - 3 gold chevrons on sleeves
                      Deputy/Correction Officer/Inv I - nothing

                      NY State Police is same as US Army up to Major General basically, except chevrons are purple and are like Station Sgt, Zone Sgt, etc


                      • #12
                        Rank Insignia of The World

                        I realise that you were probably referring to the Rank Structures of the Police Departments in the vicinity of your home town in Coweta County, Georgia, however, I think that you might find this Website an interesting browse.

                        Rank Insignia of The World

                        It is a little out-dated in places, but congratulations to the Webmaster for undertaking such a task.
                        Attached Files


                        • #13
                          Thanks for the web site JohnKelly.
                          I guess nothing is for sure and nothing is consistent concerning Ranking and Titles, from place to place. hummmmm!
                          Why do they put "supervisor" & "corproal" etc... on their cars?
                          Do you always drive the same car????
                          If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.


                          • #14
                            Over here:

                            Chief Constable
                            Deputy Chief Constable
                            Assistant Chief Constable
                            Chief Superintendent
                            Chief Inspector

                            Detective is a lateral rank (Detective Constable, Detective Sergeant etc). You'd typically have to go back to uniform if you were a Detective before you could progress a rank.

                            Inspectors and above are colloquially referred to as "Guv", or "Sir/Ma'am" or "Mr/Ma'am X"

                            Sergeants are "Skipper", "Sarge" or if you've been in the Forces "Sar'nt"

                            Constables are called pretty much anything. We are, after all, at the bottom of the food chain.
                            Last edited by Cockney Corner.; 12-13-2004, 03:21 PM.
                            I'm a little bit waayy, a little bit wooah, a little bit woosh, I'm a geezer.


                            • #15
                              Since my Force was based on British tradition, we also have to address anyone S/M and up as "Sir" or "M'am", and also have to salute Insp and higher.

                              Below that, we commonly call a S/Sgt "Staff", a Sgt "Sarge" and a Cpl "Corp", or just by their first name.

                              As far as us Cst, I can't talk about it right now - the names they use are just so hurtful!
                              #32936 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 1975-10-27 / 2010-12-29
                              Proud Dad of #54266 - RCMP - 2007-02-12 to date
                              RCMP Veterans Association - Regina Division member
                              Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada - Associate (Retired) member
                              "Smile" - no!


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