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Police Officer - What's it like?
Want to do something worthwhile? Like to give something back to your community? Then a career in the police force could be for you.

Become a Special Constable with Northumbria Police
The Special Constabulary is a form of community service like no other. Why not volunteer as a Special Constable and support the work of your police force in the community?

Northumbria Police - Working for us
Find out more about a career with Northumbria Police and current job vacancies.

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Police rank structure


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Police forces have a ranking structure, similar to that of the Army.

Officers ranks are shown by the epaulettes which are worn on all police uniforms.

Every police officer is given a unique number in the force they join, rather than nationally. This means there could be a PC 989 in Thames Valley Police and an officer with the same number in Nottinghamshire.

In larger police forces where the police numbers are greater than those which can fit on an epaulette – like the Metropolitan Police in London where the numbers are greater than 20,000 - a divisional letter may be included to show which area of the force they work in.

Warrant numbers are shown on the epaulettes of Constables and Sergeants only.

Below you can see the rank structure of Northumbria Police and the epaulettes they wear:

 
Image of Chief Constable Police Epaulettes Image of Deputy Chief Constable Police Epaulettes Image of Assistant Chief Constable Police Epaulettes
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Chief Constable

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Deputy
Chief Constable

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Assistant
Chief Constable

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Chief Superintendent

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Superintendent

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Chief Inspector

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Image of Sergeant Police Epaulettes
Image of a Police Constable Police Epaulettes
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Inspector

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Sergeant

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Constable