Superintendent (police)

Superintendent (Police)

Superintendent (police)

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Superintendent (Supt), often shortened to "Super", is a rank in British police services and in most English-speaking Commonwealth nations. In many Commonwealth countries the full version is Superintendent of Police (SP). The rank is also still used in the former British Colony of Hong Kong.


In Australia, the rank of superintendent is the next senior rank from Chief Inspector and is less senior than a Chief Superintendent (Victoria Police, South Australia Police, New South Wales Police, Queensland Police) or an Assistant Commissioner (Western Australia Police).Some officers also hold the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent (though this is seldom used) and Detective Superintendent.Superintendents wear an epaulette bearing one pip below a crown, the same rank badge as a Lieutenant-Colonel and wear police caps with a laurel wreath across the brim to indicate seniority.


In Canada, the rank of Superintendent is usually the next senior rank up from Inspector. Some police forces also have the higher rank of Staff Superintendent (Senior Staff Superintendent) or Area Superintendent.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Force ranks are based on the British system:

  • Chief Superintendent - in command of a branch or district formation
  • Senior Superintendent - second in charge of a district or commander of a bureau
  • Superintendent - in command of HQ unit or police division


In India, a District Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of......
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