Badges of rank

Our officers wear badges on the shoulders of their uniform that denote their rank.

Our officers wear badges on the shoulders of their uniform that denote their rank.

How can I tell an officer's rank?

The easiest way to tell an officer's rank is by the badge on their shoulder. For example, a PCSO will have 'Community Support Officer' written on a dark blue uniform, whereas a PC will have a black uniform with their police number on their shoulder.

Why do some officers have numbers on their shoulders?

Every officer has a unique identification number (often called a police number or collar number). Officers out on regular patrols, such as PCSOs and PCs, have their numbers on display so they can be clearly identified.

 

Police community support officer

Community support officer

 

Police constable

Police constable

 

Sergeant

Sergeant

 Inspector

Inspector

Chief Inspector

Chief inspector

 Superintendent

Superintendent

 Chief Superintendent

Chief superintendent

 Assistant chief constable

Assistant chief constable

 Deputy chief constable

Deputy chief constable

 Chief constable  

Chief constable