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Detective Inspector

Who are these people whose 'popular belief' is that Inspectors in GB police are all detectives?

It's a common mistake in American fiction, probably largely fuelled by a diet of Sherlock Holmes. -- Necrothesp 00:37, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Hello, I'm confused about "Detective Inspector" (having heard the term in the British TV comedy The Thin Blue Line) and this would be the page to explain it. What is it? From the standpoint of an American, it not only seems silly to have a rank with so many syllables, but it seems contradictory: a detective would investigate crimes while an inspector would instead check up on police procedures and personnel. Sobolewski 00:05, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

It's not that confusing, S. Inspector is a middle-management rank (responsible for supervising constables and sergeants) in British police forces -- and any police officer attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of these forces is also called "detective". Thus, "detective constable", "detective sergeant", "detective inspector". We manage to cope quite happily with the number of syllables! -- Picapica (talk) 12:52, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Female Inspector

I had a question . . is there a spelling change to the word when a female is an inspector? does it then become an inspectress? The reason i ask is because i saw a posting online for an inspectress/inspector job position and wondered if that was a real word. -- Thenewbritish 13:07, 2 June 2006

It is a real word, but is very rarely seen. A female police inspector has always been called an inspector (in the UK, at least). -- Necrothesp 01:06, 3 June 2006 (UTC)


What is the reference for the explanation given for "Circle" in India Doctor Bruno 17:48, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Queensland, Australia

The article on law enforcemnt in Queensland has a link to here for information on Inspectors. Shouldn't there be an explanation on Inspectors in Australian Police, at least? Akid 10:42, 6 November 2007 (UTC)


In Germany an "Inspekteur" is one of the highest ranking officers (generally the highest) in military or police:
--Noirceuil (talk) 10:03, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

Pay Rate for Inspector and Chief Inspectors in the UK

Why is the starting pay for a Chief Inspector less than for an Inspector in the UK? This looks like an error. Thanks. Bill the Cat 7 (talk) 08:41, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

Inspector is not the police

The word "Inspector" is a noun as is the words Police, Building, Construction, Medical, Road, etc. The word, Inspector, by itself has little meaning. Together with descriptive words such as Police, Building, Constreuction, Medical, Road, The meaning is compleatly different from each other. The title of this wiki section needs to be changed. If you want to talk and compare Police Inspectors or Building Inspectors, then the artilce must do so specifically. I am a professional Public Works Construction Inspector, and have nothing in common with the Police, Building, Medical, Road, etc. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:37, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

Victorian Police Rank Insignia

In the Victoria Police, an Inspector wears 3 "pips". In the Metropolitan Police Service an inspector wears 2.

I assume that the Victoria Police adopted the UK rank insignia. Why then, the difference? Avalon (talk) 10:02, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Broader Understandings

Added to 'see also' [1] (talk) 20:54, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

  1. Google "suffixes or er ar"