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As with most police departments in the world, LAPD rank and insignia are based on existing military ranks.

The most visible exception is the police badge, which is worn above the left shirt pocket for uniformed officers, and carried in a wallet or other holder for plain clothes officers.

Senior ranks[]

Insignia worn as metal pins on a shirt collar and as marks on a jacket shoulder.

Senior ranks Insignia
Chief of Police
LAPD-SR9-Chief-of-Police.svg
Assistant Chief
LAPD-SR8-Assistant-Chief.svg
Deputy Chief
LAPD-SR7-Deputy-Chief.svg
Commander
LAPD-SR6-Commander.svg
Captain I – III
LAPD-SR3-Captain.svg
Lieutenant I – II
LAPD-SR1-Lieutenant.svg

Lower ranks[]

Insignia worn as embroidered patches on the upper sleeves of a shirt or jacket.

Officers Insignia Detectives Insignia
Sergeant II
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Detective III
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Sergeant I
LAPD-Sergeant-1.png
Detective II
LAPD-Detective-2.png
Senior Lead Officer
Police Officer III+1
LAPD-Police-Officer-3 1.png
Detective I
LAPD-Detective-1.png
Police Officer III
LAPD-Police-Officer-3.png
Police Officer II
Police Officer I

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Other insignia[]

Service stripes—each representing five years—are worn above the left cuff on long-sleeved shirts.

Departmental insignia are worn at the top of the sleeve beneath the shoulder for officers assigned to the Traffic Division, Motorcycle Division, Air Support Division, Metropolitan Division, and SWAT. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division do not usually wear a departmental shoulder patch.

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