Superintendent of police (India)
(IPS officers wear the IPS police logo below the star and state police service officers wear the state police logo below the star)
(IPS officers wear the IPS police logo below the Ashoka emblem and state police service officers wear the state police logo below the Ashoka emblem)
In India, a District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in large or metropolitan cities or Superintendent of Police (SP) in smaller cities heads the police force of a district. In districts where Senior Superintendent of Police is the head of the district, Superintendent of Police is the head of a large urban or rural area in a district. SP is also the head of a large urban or rural area in a smaller district as well. In metropolitan areas having police commissionerate system (like in Delhi Police, Mumbai Police or Hyderabad Police) the head of district police is called Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), and he or she holds the rank of a SP.
Senior Superintendents of Police are officers of the Indian Police Service. They are entrusted with the powers and responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues of a district of a state or a union territory (UT) of India. They are assisted by the officers of the State Police Service and other State Police officials. SP rank badge is the Ashoka emblem above no star or one star (according to grade pay), although when they get promoted to higher grade pay, they wear the State Emblem above two stars (SSP). The rank below Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy.SP), while the rank above is Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) who wears Ashoka emblem above three stars. The rank of Superintendent of police is equivalent to the rank of second in command(2IC) in CAPF.