Nigerian police ranks and symbols

Nigerian police ranks and symbols

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? Here is a chance to learn about Nigerian Police ranks and symbols.

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The structure of the Nigeria Police Force is provided for in section 214 (2)(a) and 215(2) of the 1999 Constitution. These sections provide inter area, section 214(2)(a):-

“Subject to the provisions of this constitution (a) the Nigeria Police shall be organised and Administered in accordance with such provisions as many be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly"

Section 215 (2):

“The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the Command of the Inspector-General of Police and any contingents of the Nigeria Police Force stationed in a state shall; subject to the authority of the Inspector-General of Police, be under the command of Commissioner of Police of that state”

From the provisions above, three different structures in the Police Force can be identified. These are:-

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  • Command (Authority) Structure.
  • Administration structure and
  • Organisation structure

These structures are patterned to meet the constitutional expectations of the Police, to perform effectively the duties assigned to it.

Today, we will concentrate on the Command (Authority) Structure.

Here are all the details about police ranks in Nigeria.

Nigerian Police ranks

Here is a list of Nigeria Police ranks in descending order:

The Inspector-General of Police

The 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 Nigerian police logo for the rank of Inspector General of Police is Nigeria’s coat of arms, two stars, and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

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.

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According to Section 5 of the Police Act, the number of DIGs in the police force is 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 Nigeria police force logo for the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police is Nigeria’s coat of arm, one star, and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

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. Some AIGs are in charge of Police Zonal Commands while some are in charge of Police Special Formations.

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The symbol or insignia for the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police is Nigeria’s coat of arm, one bar, and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

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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 Nigeria’s coat of arms and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

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.

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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 the crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath.

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 coat of arms and a star.

The Superintendent of Police

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

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The Deputy Superintendent of Police

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

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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.

Inspector of Police

A police Inspector ranks below a Commissioner and Superintendent. An Inspector manages teams of sergeants and constables.

The ranks below this one are:

  • Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Constable
  • Recruit

That is all you need to know about police rank and symbols in the Nigerian Police Force.

There are specific requirements for joining each of the Nigerian police ranks. 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 you can prepare yourself for a great career in the Nigerian Police Force.

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