Police ranks

Police ranks

After the first reference, police officers of rank above sergeant can be referred to as Mr unless they are female, when it is safer to stick to their ranks. For the senior staff - assistant chief constable, deputy chief constable and Chief Constable (note that only Chief Constable takes initial caps) - always use the title in full first time and then call them Mr or Mrs etc. Women police officers have identical titles to their male colleagues, although WPC is sometimes acceptable.

 

 

Full title

Abbreviation

Chief Constable

 

Deputy Chief Constable

 

Assistant Chief Constable

 

Detective Chief Superintendent

Det Ch Supt

Chief Superintendent

Ch Supt

Detective Superintendent

Det Supt

Superintendent

Supt

Detective Chief Inspector

Det Ch Insp

Chief Inspector

CI

Detective Inspector

DI

Inspector

Insp

Detective Sergeant

Det Sgt

Sergeant

Sgt

Detective Constable

DC

Police Constable

PC