Saps Ranks

The ranking system was amended in 2016. The role of regional police commissioner was introduced, with the rank of lieutenant general. The major and lieutenant ranks were eliminated, with lieutenants assuming the rank of captain and majors assuming the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Rank Structure
GroupSenior Management – Commissioned Officers
RankGeneral (Gen)Lieutenant General (Lt Gen)Major General (Maj Gen)Brigadier
RoleDesignation of
National Commissioner
Actg. National Commissioner,
Deputy National Commissioner,
Regional Commissioner,
Provincial Commissioner,
Divisional Commissioner
GroupCommissioned Officers
RankColonel (Col)Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col)Captain
GroupNon-commissioned Officers
RankWarrant Officer (WO)Sergeant (Sgt)Constable (Const)