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First things first, get
acclimatized with the ranks in
a law enforcement agency ,
using the police force as a
Chain of Command in the Police
Force Going down the " food chain
," the following is a list of the
rankings of a traditional
metropolitan police force, from the
highest official to the least: 1.
Chief of police This is the
highest-ranking officer in
any police department.
Deputy chief of police The
deputy chief of police supports
the chief of police and acts of
the department's commander
for the varying units.
Captain Police captains are like the
managers of their units and
divisions, ensuring things go
smoothly and all officers in the unit
comply with the department's set
standards, rules and regulations.
Lieutenant Police lieutenants oversee
police administrative duties, ensuring
paperwork are completed, serving on
varying divisional committees and may
assume the role of the commanding
officer in the absence of a police
Sergeant Police sergeants
act as middlemen between
superiors and subordinates
in a department.
Detective Police detectives are
usually assigned to specialized
units within the department, like
homicide, narcotics, armed robbery
and all sorts, where they carry out
related crime investigations.
Newly employed officers are
recruited as police officers and
must serve at this level for a
specific number of years before
any promotion to the next.
Police officers mostly do
patrol duties, responding to
crime scenes, community
policing functions and more.
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