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The Insignia Of Indian Police: Stars Decoded

Every country has an external defence and an internal law enforcement agency. The internal law enforcement agency is called the ‘Police’. In India also there is a law enforcement agency called the Indian Police. They can be either under state of the centre.
Every rank has its own insignia and it is difficult to understand as to which rank the person belongs as the insignia is confusing to those who are not into the organisation. We bring to you the organisational structure of the Indian police.
The structure can be divided in categories as follows:-

  1. Gazetted Officer

    a.   All Indian Police Services (IPS) officers which are Class I officers of the cadre

    b. All State Police Services Officers above the rank of Inspector are Class II Gazetted Officers

  2. Non Gazetted Officers

Gazetted Officers

Indian Police Services (IPS)

Common to all ranks:- ‘IPS’ is attached on shoulder or every IPS officer.

Director of Intelligence Bureau (Government Of India)

Abbreviation:- DIB (GOI)

Insignia:- National Emblem above One star above Crossed Sword and Baton

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Director IB

Commissioner of Police (State) or Director General of Police

Abbreviation:- CP or DGP

Insignia:- National Emblem above Crossed Sword and Baton

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Director General of Police

Joint Commissioner of Police or Inspector General of Police

Abbreviation:- JCP or IGP

Insignia:- One Star above Crossed Sword and Baton

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Inspector General of Police

Additional Commissioner of Police or Deputy Inspector General of Police

Abbreviation:- ADL.CP or DIG

Insignia:- National Emblem above three stars in a triangle

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Deputy Inspector General of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection grade) or Senior Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- DCP or SSP

Insignia:- National Emblem above two stars

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Senior Superintendent of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police or Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- DCP or SP

Insignia:- National Emblem above one-star

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Superintendent of Police

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police or Additional Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- ADL.DCP or ASP

Insignia:- National Emblem

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Additional SP IPS

Assistant Commissioner of Police or Deputy Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- ACP or DSP

Insignia:- Three stars

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

DySP IPS

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 2 years of service)

Abbreviation:- ASST.SP

Insignia:- Two stars

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Assistant SP 2 IPS

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 1 year of service)

Abbreviation:- ASST.SP

Insignia:- One Star

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Assistant SP 1 IPS

State Police Services

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection grade) or Senior Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- DCP or SSP

Insignia:- National Emblem above two star

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

SSP State Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police or Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- DCP or SP

Insignia:- National Emblem above one Star

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

SP State Police

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police or Additional Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- ADL.DCP or ASP

Insignia:- National Emblem

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Assistant Superintendent of Police

Assistant Commissioner of Police or Deputy Superintendent of Police

Abbreviation:- ACP or DSP

Insignia:- Three Stars

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Deupty Superintendent of Police

Non-Gazetted Officers

Indian State Police

Inspector of Police

Abbreviation:- INS

Insignia:- Three stars with a red and blue ribbon at the outer edge of the shoulder straps

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Police Inspector

Assistant Inspector of Police

Abbreviation:- API

Insignia:- Three stars with a red ribbon at the outer edge of the shoulder straps

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Assistant Police Inspector

Sub-Inspector of Police

Abbreviation:- SI

Insignia:- Two stars with a red and blue ribbon at the outer edge of the shoulder straps

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Police_Sub-Inspector

Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police

Abbreviation:- ASI

Insignia:- One Star with a red and blue ribbon at the outer edge of the shoulder straps

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Assistant Sub-Inspector

Police Head Constable

Abbreviation:- HPC

Insignia:- Three chevrons points facing downwards or Navy Blue coloured epaulettes with three golden stripes on the Shoulder

Symbol on sleeve or Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Police Head Constable
Head Constable

Senior Police Constable

Abbreviation:- SPC

Insignia:- Two chevrons points facing downwards or Navy Blue coloured epaulettes with two golden stripes on the Shoulder

Symbol on sleeve or Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Senior Police Constable
Senior Police Constable Shoulder

Police Constable

Abbreviation:- PC

Insignia:- No insignia except khaki uniform

Ornaments on Shoulder:-

Police Conastable

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