Ranking order in the Nigerian Police Force and their insignia


Ranking order in the Nigerian Police Force and their insignia Ranking order in the Nigerian Police Force and their insignia

What is the ranking order in the Nigerian Police Force? How far can a diligent police officer climb up in the police ranking in Nigeria? Learn about Nigerian Police ranks and symbols in this piece.

Nigerian police ranks

Ranks in the Nigeria Police Force

The Inspector-General of Police

The rank of Inspector-General of Police is the highest rank in the police. The Inspector General of Police is the one in charge of the Police Force. He controls the force to the lowest ranking officer through the chain of command in the Nigerian Police Force. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Inspector General of Police is the Nigeria’s coat of arm, two stars and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Inspector General of Police

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police is the second in command in the Nigeria Police Force and acts for the Inspector General of police in his absence. According to the Section 5 of the Police Act, the number of DIGs in the police force are determined by the Nigeria Police Council. However, more room can be made if needed. Each Deputy Inspector-General of Police heads one of the departments in the Police Force. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police is the Nigeria’s coat of arm, one star and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police

The Asst. Inspector-General of Police

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) is subordinate to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police. The AIG ranks above the state’s commissioner of police and stands in as the Inspector-General in the absence of both the Inspector-General and Deputy Inspector-General. According to the Police Act, there are rooms for more than one AIG. There are currently about twenty-two AIGs in Nigeria. Some of them are in charge of the Police Zonal Commands while some are in charge of Police special formations. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police is the Nigeria’s coat of arm, one bar and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Symbols of rank

Insignia of the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General, and the Assistant Inspector General

Commissioner of Police

The Commissioner of Police (CP) is in charge of the administration and command of the contingent of the Nigerian Police Force in a state. The states Commissioners of Police are appointed by the Inspector-General of Police and approved by the Police Service Commission. He/she takes command directly from the Inspector-General of Police or anyone acting for the Inspector-General in his absence. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Commissioner of Police is the Nigerian’s coat of arm and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

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The Deputy Commissioner of Police

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) is the second highest ranking officer in the police state command. He/she can stand in for the state Commissioner of Police in his absence. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Deputy Commissioner Police is a star and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) is junior to the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He/she can also stand in as the Commissioner of Police in the absence of both the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Inspector General of Police is just the crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath.

Nigerian police symbols

Insignia of the Commissioner of Police (CP), DCP, ACP, CSP, and SP

The Chief Superintendent of Police

The rank of the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) is given to the police officer in charge of a department of the police force command of a state. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police is the Nigerian’s coat of arm and a star.

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The Superintendent of Police

The Superintendent of Police directly under the command of CSP and assists the CSP. The symbol or insignia for the rank of Superintendent of Police is the Nigerian’s coat of arm.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police

The symbol or insignia for the rank of The Deputy Superintendent of Police is three stars that are vertically arranged.

The Assistant Superintendent of Police

The symbol or insignia for the rank of the Assistant Superintendent of Police are two stars that are vertically arranged.

The Assistant Superintendent of Police on probation

The symbol or insignia for the rank of the Assistant Superintendent of Police on probation is one star.

Ranks symbol

Other ranks below Assistant Superintendent of Police are as follows:

  • Cadet Assistant Superintendent
  • The Chief Inspector of Police
  • Principal Inspector
  • Confirmed Inspector
  • Unconfirmed Inspector
  • Cadet Inspector
  • Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Constable
  • Police Recruit
Nigerian police force

There will surely be certain requirements for each of ranks in the Nigeria Police. So, if you are interested in joining the police force, you should learn about these requirements. Knowing these requirements will give you the opportunity to know and also be able to set your goals and prepare yourself for a great career in the Nigerian Police Force.


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