A deputy commissioner is a police, income tax or administrative official in many different countries. The rank is commonplace in police forces of Commonwealth countries, usually ranking below the Commissioner.


In all Australian police forces, deputy commissioner is the rank directly below that of commissioner and senior to the rank of assistant commissioner. In all forces, excepting the New South Wales Police Force where the insignia is crossed and wreathed tipstaves surmounted by a crown, the same insignia as that of a lieutenant-general in the army, the insignia is a diamond (or a star, in the case of the Victoria Police), the same as that of a major-general in the army.


The Deputy Commissioner (popularly abbreviated to "DC") or District Magistrate is the executive head of the district, an administrative sub-unit of a division. The deputy commissioners are appointed by the government from a Deputy Secretary of BCS Administration Cadre.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Force have two types of DCs:

India and Pakistan

The deputy commissioner or district magistrate is the executive head of a district, an administrative sub-unit of a state. The district magistrates are entrusted with overall responsibility for law and order, implementation of government schemes and is also authorised to hear revenue cases pertaining to the district. District magistrate is also authorised to collect Land Revenue and is therefore also referred collector (revenue) and also to control encroachment of government land in the district. In India officers of Indian Administrative Service cadre are appointed this office and in Pakistan usually the District Management Group cadre of the Central Superior Services of the Pakistan are appointed to this office.

Papua New Guinea

In the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, there are three Deputy Commissioners. They report to the Police Commissioner and are in charge of all Police Duties by directing their respective ACP's.[1]

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  1. ^ news.pngfacts.com/2016/02/australian-alan-scott-appointed-deputy.html

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