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State Police
Rank Insignias
The Alaska State Troopers (AST) and
Alaska Wildlife Troopers
(AWT) are headed by ranking
officers with the rank of Colonel.
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper
has no insignia.
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Sergeant; Trooper has no insignia.
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper
First Class;  Trooper has no insignia.
In descending order - Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Officer has no
insignia.
In descending order -  Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Sergeant Major;
Master Sergeant; Sergeant; Corporal;
Master Trooper and Technician (one
chevron); Trooper has no insignia.
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Master Sergeant; Sergeant; Trooper First
Class (one chevron); Trooper has no
insignia.
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Master Corporal;
Senior Corporal; Corporal Grade 1;
Corporal; Trooper First Class (one
chevron); Trooper has no insignia.
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper First Class
(one chevron); Trooper/Auxiliary Trooper
has no insignia.
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant First Class;
Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper  has no
insignia.
In descending order - Sergeant;
Corporal; Officer has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
Assistant Director - Lieutenant Colonel
Chief - Major
In descending order - Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper
has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Commissioner - Four Stars
Deputy Commissioner - Three Stars
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
Deputy Director - Lieutenant Colonel
Assistant Director - Lieutenant Colonel
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
Deputy Director - Lieutenant Colonel
Rank Structure
Commissioner - Five Stars
Deputy Commissioner - Four Stars
Assistant Commissioner - Three Stars
Chief - Two Stars
Assistant Chief - One Star
Rank Structure
Chief of Patrol - Colonel
Rank Structure
Commanding Officer - Colonel
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
Second in Command - Lieutenant
Colonel
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
Rank Structure
Commissioner - Colonel
Deputy Commissioner -
Lieutenant Colonel
The Honolulu Police Department is the
primary law enforcement agency in Hawaii
which has no state police force.
Rank Structure
Chief of Police - Four Stars
Deputy Chief - Three Stars
Assistant Chief - Two Stars
Major - 3 kukui nuts on each shoulder
Captain - 2 Kukui nuts on each
shoulder
Lieutenant - 1 Kukui nut on each
shoulder
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
Deputy Director - Lieutenant Colonel
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Staff Sergeant; Sergeant;
Corporal; Trooper has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Director - Four Stars
First Deputy Director - Three Stars
In descending order - Colonel;
Lieutenant Colonel; Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Master Sergeant; Sergeant;
Master Trooper (one chevron w/one
rocker); Trooper First Class (one
chevron);  Trooper has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - One Star
In descending order - Colonel;
Lieutenant Colonel; Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant Major; First
Sergeant; Sergeant; Corporal; Trooper
has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Chief - Colonel
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Sergeant:
Sergeant in the
Iowa State Patrol is displayed with an
insignia consisting of three stripes
and two rockers with a diamond in
the center (similar to the United
States Army rank of First Sergeant
from 1935);
Trooper III, II, I has no
insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
Assistant Superintendent - Lieutenant
Colonel
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Technical Trooper; Master
Trooper; Trooper has no insignia.  (There
is no sergeant rank - lieutenant is the
first line supervisor)
Rank Structure
Commissioner - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Sergeant; Senior Trooper and Trooper
have no insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Sergeant; Master Trooper
(MT); Senior
Trooper
(ST); Trooper First Class
(TFC); Trooper (TPR) gold colored
collar pins;  
Rank Structure
Chief - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Lieutenant; Sergeant;
Corporal; Trooper has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant; First
Sergeant; Detective Sergeant; Sergeant;
Corporal; Master Trooper; Senior
Trooper; Trooper First Class; Trooper
has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
Deputy Superintendent - Lieutenant
Colonel
In descending order - Major; Detective
Captain (silver bars); Captain (gold bars)
Detective Lieutenant (silver bar);
Lieutenant (gold bar); Sergeant; Trooper
has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Inspector (silver
bar w/blue stripe); First Lieutenant;
Lieutenant; Sergeant; Trooper has no
insignia.
Rank Structure
Chief - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Sergeant; Trooper has no insignia.
Rank Structure
Director - Colonel
In descending order - Lieutenant
Colonel; Major; Captain; Lieutenant;
Master Sergeant; Sergeant First Class;
Staff Sergeant; Sergeant; Corporal;
Trooper First Class; Trooper has no
insignia.
Rank Structure
Superintendent - Colonel
Assistant Superintendent -
Lieutenant Colonel
In descending order - Major; Captain;
Lieutenant; Master Sergeant; Sergeant;
Corporal; Trooper has no insignia.

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State Police Rank Insignias takes you
through the rank structure and rank
insignias used by State Police and
Highway Patrol agencies in the United
States.
 
State Police rank insignias in all 50 states
of the United States are similar in some
ways and unique and varied in other
ways.  For example, the Commissioner of
the California Highway Patrol is the only
Top Cop to wear five stars.  The spread
eagle Colonel’s insignia is the most
popular; it’s worn by 38.  The insignias
break down like this:  1 Five Star; 5 Four
Stars; 3 Two Stars; 2 One Star; 38
Colonels; One Lieutenant Colonel.

The Top Cop title also varies.  
Superintendent leads the list with 19
followed by Director with 11.  Chief
comes in with 6 and Commissioner with
7.  Administrator; Chief of Patrol; Chief of
Police; Commander; Commanding Officer;
Deputy Commissioner; Patrol
Commander all come in at one each.

The color of the top rank insignia down
to Lieutenant is either gold or silver
except for Lieutenant Colonel which is
always silver to distinguish it from Major
which is always gold in color.  The gold
color insignias are the most preferred
among the agencies.  Michigan has a
unique insignia for the rank of Inspector
which sets above the Lieutenant rank.  
It’s a light gray bar with a narrow vertical
blue stripe down the center of the bar
(U.S. Army W-5 Chief Warrant Officer).

When it comes to the Sergeant and
descending ranks, the stripes (chevrons)
are mostly the standard yellow/gold
stripes; however this too varies.  New
York has black stripes on a gray
background; Roade Island has red
stripes on a black background; North
Carolina has black stripes on a gold
background.  Vermont is the only agency
where the chevron insignias are worn in
the inverted position.
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