All UK police officers begin their career at the rank of Police Constable, and many choose to remain as constables.
Police officers are assigned unique warrant numbers (‘shoulder numbers’). These numbers allow you to identify officers. Different UK police forces have constables and sergeants who wear the same numbers.
- Wear their shoulder number on their shoulder epaulettes, along with their stripes.
- All police officer warrant cards carry their photograph and certifies their identity, the police force for which they work and their entitlement to use police powers.
- Police sergeants wear their shoulder number with chevrons, which displays their rank.
Police inspector and upwards:
- From the rank of inspector upward, shoulder numbers are not worn on epaulettes. Various diamond-shaped ‘pips’, crowns and wreathes with crossed staves display rank.
Assistant Chief Constable
Deputy Chief Constable