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France uses the rank of capitaine
for management duties in both uniformed and plain-clothed policing. The rank comes senior to lieutenant
and junior to commandant
This ranks was formerly known as inspecteur principal
for plain-cloth officers, and officier de la paix principal
In the United Kingdom
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, the approximate equivalent rank of a Police Captain is that of chief inspector
Chief inspector is a rank used in police forces which follow the British model. In countries outside Britain, it is sometimes referred to as chief inspector of police .-Australia:...
United States of America
In most U.S.
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police departments, the rank of Captain is immediately above lieutenant. A Police Captain is often the officer in charge of a precinct
Police precinct is a form of division of a geographical area patrolled by a police force.Police forces using this format include:* New York Police Department* Boston Police Department* Portland Police Bureau* Seattle Police Department-See also:...
. In the New York City Police Department
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, the rank of Captain is below deputy inspector. Unlike the military version, where the rank of Captain may be held by junior officers with 4 to 6 years of service, Police and Fire Captains are usually veterans with extensive experience. In some smaller U.S. police departments, a person holding the rank of Police Captain may be in charge of a division (Patrol Division, Detective Division, etc.) within that department. In larger police departments however, a Police Captain may command only one section of a precinct which is commanded by either a Police Major, Police Inspector, or the next highest rank. Nevertheless, the rank of Police Captain is separated from the ranks of Police Lieutenant and Police Sergeant, in the fact that a Police Captain
- France :France uses the rank of capitaine for management duties in both uniformed and plain-clothed policing. The rank comes senior to lieutenant and junior to commandant....
is considered upper-level management in most large urban police departments; therefore, the rank carries much more than lower police ranks in terms of prestige and influence.