Other Police Ranks

Below the rank of Chief-Superintendent, police forces in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland share the same titles and officers should be addressed in the same way.

There is no longer any differentiation between male and female officers.

For the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) the prefix 'Detective' in the ranks from constable to chief superintendent e.g. Detective Inspector Smith

Police sergeant may be abbreviated to PS, police constable to PC, detective sergeant to DS and detective constable to DC.

How to Address a Police Officer

The recommended social style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Chief Superintendent Smith (or appropriate rank)
Beginning of letter Dear Chief Superintendent/Inspector etc. (or by name)
Envelope Chief Superintendent/Inspector John Smith, or John Smith, Esq
Verbal communication Chief Superintendent, Inspector etc., or by name

 

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