The opportunities for career progression in the police service are huge. If you are joining as a Police Constable, as most recruits do, you’ll be able to progress up through the following ranks once you’ve successfully completed your probation:
- Police Constable / Detective Constable – this is the starting rank for police officers.
- Sergeant – the first supervisory rank, most sergeants are responsible for a team of constables.
- Inspector – uniformed inspectors typically oversee a shift of constables and sergeants. They also take charge of major incidents in their force area.
- Chief Inspector – this role can vary from force to force but a Chief Inspector often acts as the senior police officer in larger towns, overseeing large teams such as investigations or operations.
- Superintendent – at this senior management rank, a Superintendent would usually be in charge of a section of a Command.
- Chief Superintendent – typically responsible for policing of a geographical area of their force.
- Assistant Chief Constable – ACCs as chief officers are mainly responsible for a specific function or business area within their police force, for example, Investigation or Operations.
- Deputy Chief Constable – they act as deputy for their Chief Constable, handling the running of the force and supporting the Chief Constable.
- Chief Constable – these officers are responsible for the effective running of their force.
Because of its size, the Metropolitan Police has five ranks above the chief superintendent rank – Commander, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner.