Hong Kong Police Force ranks "Senior Superintendent".

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) (Traditional Chinese: ): crest over pip.


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But I don't see "Senior Superintendent" on Wikipedia "Great Britain Police Ranks and Insignia" or its headings for City of London or Metropolitan Police. Superintendent jumps to Chief Superintendent.

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If answer is no, what happened to rank SSP in U.K.? Why no more SSP?

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    What leads you to believe the rank ever existed in the British Police? Different jurisdictions and nationalities frequently have "equivalent ranks" with different names. For instance the Spanish military rank of Commandante is an OF3 between a Capitánand a Teniente coroneljust as the English rank of Major is an OF-3 between a Captain and a Lieutenant Colonel - yet the names are different. Don't even get me started on the four different levels of seniority at which German speaking Feldmarshals have existed over the last 250 years. Jul 28 '20 at 1:46
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    @PieterGeerkens Before July 1 1997, Hong Kong police WAS British Police, or Royal Hong Kong Police. Even now Hong Kong police has British expats serving as senior officers.
    – NNOX Apps
    Jul 28 '20 at 21:36
  • Google Books shows 19th century instances of "Senior Superintendent of Police" being used in places like the Punjab, New South Wales, etc. Jul 29 '20 at 11:14
  • @PieterGeerkens Please tell about the four different levels of seniority! (I can open a new question if you like). I am only aware of two. Aug 1 '20 at 7:18
  • @FelixGoldberg: I separate question would be worthwhile - comments being ephemeral and all that. However (European, not all German) from circa 1809: 1) Spanish Mariscal de campo is a 2 star rank as is Austrian Feldmarschall-Leutnant; (2) French Marshal of the Empire is a 3-star equivalent (an appointment, de jure, but a rank de facto) (3) Austrian (and Russian) Feldmarschall is a 4 star rank above General der Kavalerie and Feldzeugmeister but below Generalissimo; (4) Modern Field Marshals Aug 1 '20 at 8:53

your answer appears to be on wikipedia

The rank structure, organisation and insignia are similar to those used by the Metropolitan Police Service until the mid-1970s.[41]

[41] on wiki is:


which shows 3 superintendent ranks from 1954 - 1973: Grade II, Grade I, and Chief. It is plausible that 'Grade I' can be called 'Senior'.


According to the official web site of the Hong Kong Police Service, on both it's Rank and Promotion page

and Organization Chart page

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both Chief Superintendent (CSP) and Senior Superintendent (SSP) are extant ranks in the service.

According to your Wikipedia reference, the traditional Chinese and insignia are:

  • Chief Superintendent: (Traditional Chinese: 總警司): crest over two pips.

  • Senior Superintendent: (SSP) (Traditional Chinese: 高級警司): crest over pip.

Comparing to British Police Services, there is considerable variation in the gazetted ranks between for example Scotland Yard, London Police, and Metropolitan Police. This is to be expected, with the size and responsibility of the various services varying considerably - the larger forces having an additional rank or two at the top level.

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Note that while City of London has just 5 ranks above Chief Inspector, the Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard have 7. Hong Kong also has just 5, the same as City of London, befitting a force of similar size and responsibility. Northern Ireland also has 5, while the Isle of Man has only three. It's less about the precise names for the gazetted ranks, though the common history clearly shows, but rather the responsibilities.

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