Police Rank Structure UK

Police Rank Structure across the United Kingdom have nine ranks. Each level will see the officer gain more responsibility and level of leadership.

Some ranks within the Police will be subjected to higher security vetting.

Higher ranking officers will have access to more highly sensitive materials.

If you are looking to join the police it may be a wise idea to get to grips with the ranking before your first shift. This will help you understand the different symbols on people’s shoulders.

Some ranking officers will be expected to be addressed as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’. Although most officers would prefer to be called by their first name or nickname.

Police Constable

Sergeant

Inspector

Chief Inspector

Superintendent

Chief Superintendent

Assistant Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable

Chief Constable

The Metropolitan Police is slightly different with a greater ranking structure with 11 ranks which are as follows.

Police Constable

Sergeant

Inspector

Chief Inspector

Superintendent

Chief Superintendent

Commander

Deputy Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner

Commissioner

All officers are issued with warrant cards that is separate to their shoulder number. Officers only wear the shoulder number unto the rank of Sergeant.