is both a police rank and an administrative position, both used in a number of contexts.
is a rank in many police forces. However, it is not the same (equivalent) rank in each.
In most Canadian police services the rank of Inspector is the first above the sergeant ranks. It is usually immediately below the rank of Superintendent.
In the French National Police, Inspecteur
is a former rank of members of the Command and Management Corps. There were several grades of Inspecteur
, with senior detectives holding the various grades of Commissaire
. See French National Police for current ranks.
In the police forces of India
, an Inspector
is a police officer ranking above a Sub-Inspector and below an Assistant Superintendent. Inspectors generally command major police stations, or a group of police stations known as a "police circle" (hence the popularly used abbreviation CI or Circle Inspector). Inspectors working in plain-clothes units can use the prefix Detective along with their ranks.
Republic of Ireland
In the Garda Síochána
is senior to Sergeant and junior to Superintendent. Inspectors can be either detectives or in uniform.
In British police forces, Inspector
is the rank senior to Sergeant and junior to Chief Inspector. Contrary to popular belief, inspectors are not all detectives; in fact, the majority of inspectors are uniformed. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inspectors are known as Detective Inspectors (DI). Many Commonwealth police forces also use the rank. An Inspector in the United Kingdom is approximately equivalent to a Lieutenant in other police forces.
In the San Francisco Police Department, Inspector
is the normal rank of detective (below Sergeant). The SFPD's original rank of Inspector (which was the same as most other United States
police department ranks with that name) was changed to Commander, since SFPD senior officers preferred the more military-sounding title.
In most other American police departments, such as the New York City Police Department, Inspector
is two grades above a Captain (and one grade above a Deputy Inspector).
In administrative law
, an inspector
is an official charged with the duty to issue permits, such as a building inspector
or sanitation inspector, and to enforce the relevant regulations and laws. An agency may have an Inspector General responsible for preventing internal fraud, waste, abuse and other agency deficiences.
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