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Kathl33n
07-18-2012, 06:15 PM
What is the chain of command in law enforcement? I've only seen stuff on TV and read a few things.

Law & Order has a "Captain," but I've also heard "Chief of Police." Are they one in the same?

What about Officers, Detectives, etc.? Do you start out as an officer and work up to Detective?

I'm confused and want to make sure I have it right if I'm going to write about it.

Thanks!!

fdesrochers
07-18-2012, 06:27 PM
A quick Google search would likely suffice. It really depends on the size, complexity and setting. The NYPD would have vastly different levels of command to say, the Fargo or "hicksville" Missouri. Google NYPD chain of command and hit the Wiki link for a bare bones basic chart.

Quick answer is Captain is not equal to Chief. Detective then officer.

Kathl33n
07-18-2012, 06:44 PM
I am looking at Metropolitan DC area, (Alexandria, VA area, specifically) and a google search brought up mostly links to getting a job in law enforcement. Will try more googling.

Kathl33n
07-18-2012, 07:06 PM
did a different search - think I've got it now. Thanks :)

Maryn
07-18-2012, 07:43 PM
We like a happy ending. Good to know you found what you need.

Maryn, who got married in Alexandria

WeaselFire
07-20-2012, 08:00 PM
As a reminder, every department has a Public Information Officer that will happily answer this type of question about their department. Just ask.

Jeff

Kathl33n
07-22-2012, 07:06 PM
@ Maryn - Wow, small world!! I used to live off of Ft. Hunt Road. (smiles)

Thanks WeaselFire - I'll check that out to make sure I have it right. I appreciate the post :)