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Unread postby ChrisWI » Sun Oct 19, 2003 2:01 pm

Does anybody know the rank insignia for the UK's HM Prison Service?

Heres there website; but I cant find any email adress: http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/
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Unread postby Herrwiggly » Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:31 am

Hi Chris herrwiggly here, I've tried the official site and can't find any info. on the ranks and I also rang the recruitment telephone number but the recorded message said it was no longer taking applicationa on that number.
On Pavels site he has a page for the prison service but not much on it. I think the ranks go something like this:-
Black shoulder straps with HMP surmounted by a crown on the outer ends with the following sequuence,
PO prison officer plain straps
SPO senior officer 1 pip
PPO principle prison officer 2 pips
ACPO asst. chief officer 3 pips
CPO chief prison officer 11 crown
CPO chief officer 1 crown and pip
when wearing the uniform tunic the ranks are worn on the lapels of the coat.
I think there then 5 grades of governor from grade V to 1 all in civillian clothes.
I will still try to find out what I can and post the results if and when. :D :D :D :D Cheers
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:03 am

Thnaks Heerwiggly :D
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Unread postby James » Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:58 am

I don't think the rank badges are worn on the lapels any more, only on the shoulder.
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Thu Feb 19, 2004 7:26 pm

I found some pictures of the actual rank insignia:


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Prison Officer

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Principal Prison Officer

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Senior Officer

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Health Care Officer

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Operational Support Officer

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Auxilary Officer

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Dog Handler
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Sat May 22, 2004 1:18 am

HM Prisons rank insignia:
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Unread postby ORACLE » Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:06 pm

From memory the Chief Officer grade became the Governor V grade. When GVs go on leave, resign suddenly, go ill, etc. it is usualy to select a Principal Officer ]two pips] to 'act up' and so become Acting Governor V.

In addition to H for Health, DH for Dog Handler, A for Auxiliary [deals with mail say], there is also W for Works and I think C for Catering though the Principal Officer catering usually wears whites unless told to do some duty such as supervising the inmates in the dining hall!

When any officer acts up a rank they retain their original pips as appropriate. However when a PO acts as a GV, they wear plain clothes.
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Unread postby Martin Mennega » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:24 am

James // Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:58 pm
I don't think the rank badges are worn on the lapels any more, only on the shoulder.


Yesterday I saw a movie : Mean Machine about some crack former English footballplayer who got arrested and trown in jail. The prisonofficers still wore the pip on their lapels. The movie looked pretty recent to me

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