Senior police officers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Senior police officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and activities of a specific geographical or functional area of generalised or specialised police work. Senior officers of the British Transport Police direct the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.


Promotion to the rank of inspector can be by qualifying examination. There are no qualifying examinations to ranks above inspector; promotion is by selection only. There are accelerated promotion schemes available. All police forces have age restrictions and medical requirements.

Typical tasks

  • liaises with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other short- and long-term needs;
  • plans, directs and co-ordinates general policing for an area or functional unit;
  • directs and monitors the work of subordinate officers;
  • establishes contacts and sources of information concerning crimes planned or committed;
  • directs and co-ordinates the operation of record keeping systems and the preparation of reports.

Common job titles

Commander (police service)
Inspector, divisional (police service)
Officer, CID
Inspector (police service)
Superintendent (police service)
Inspector, chief (police service)
Superintendent, chief (police service)
Constable, chief
Constable, chief, assistant
Inspector, detective
Sub-inspector (MOD)
Inspector, police
Constable, chief, deputy
Commissioner (police service)