Nigeria is a Federal Constitutional Republic in the East Africa and the Nigeria Police force is the primary law enforcement agency of this place. The staff of this police force is about 3, 71,800 currently and it functions are divided across 3 major structures: Administrative, Authority and organizational.
The hierarchal system helps the police department function smoothly and maintain a pyramid structure for management. The hierarchy of the Nigeria Police starts from the Inspector General police and goes down to the constable. Below given is the Nigeria Police Hierarchy in descending order:
Inspector General of Police
He is the head of the Nigerian Police force. He is the major decision maker for the entire department.
Every rank below the Deputy General of police takes commands from him with respect to their daily duties as well as duties during emergencies. He acts for the Inspector General of police in his absence.
The Asst. Inspector General acts for the Inspector general of police in his absence. He is responsible to look after the execution of commands given by his seniors and take reports about it from the juniors.
- The Commissioner is in control of the Contingents of the police force which is stationed all over the state. He is subject to the command of the Inspector General in his absence on duty.
The Deputy Commissioner is responsible to take care of the execution of the work plans decided by the Commissioner of Police.
He assists the Deputy Commissioner in his duties and acts as a direct junior to him. He takes care of assigning the tasks to various departments.
The Chief Superintendents looks after the activities of the Inspector of the Police and gives commands to him as well as his other junior rankers. He is responsible for looking after the Inspectors of all the areas.
The work of the Chief Superintendent is further divided among Superintendents of Police and the reports are submitted to the Chief.
This rank is the main channel between the seniors and the juniors. He distributes tasks and looks after the developments. He can give commands in absence of the Superintendent.
His work is to assist all of the three major seniors of his sub-hierarchy.
The Inspector is responsible for looking after crime cases individually and heading first level and initial investigations carried out after the crime takes place.
The Sergeant Major, also known as the Senior Sergeant is responsible for assigning controlling tasks to the Sergeants in order to look after the junior police forces at different police stations of a particular area.
The Sergeant looks after Corporals and Constables of multiple police stations of large areas and assigns responsibilities of patrolling or other duties to them.
The corporal takes care of working on orders given by the sergeant and makes sure that the Constables work according to it.
The Constable is the lowest rank in the Nigeria Police Hierarchy. They are the first ones to take action in any situation depending upon the commands of the Corporal.