An inspector general is an investigative official in a civil or
military organization. The plural of the term is "inspectors general".
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The chief of police of
Bangladesh is known as the inspector general of
police. He is from the
Bangladesh Civil Service police cadre. The
current inspector general of police is A K M Shahidul Hoque, and his
predecessor was Hassan Mahmud Khondokar. There is another temporary
post of inspector general of police, known as Pulish Shômônnoyôk
(Bengali: পুলিশ সমন্বয়ক্) or "police
coordinator", currently held by Bivuti Vooshon Choudhury.
Before 1867 the position of Inspector General of Canada existed as the
minister responsible for finances and government spending in the
Province of Canada. After 1867 the position was assumed as the
Minister of Finance.
Alexander Galt served at the last Inspector
General from 1858 to 1867 and the first Minister of Finance in 1867.
Office of the Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General of Colombia
Colombia's inspector general is a unique post with broad powers to
investigate government malfeasance and to bar public officials from
running for office.
Shoulder insignia of a police inspecteur général (France)
In the French Civil Service, an inspector general (inspecteur
général) is a member of a body of civil servants known as inspection
générale, generally of a high level, charged with a nationwide
mission to inspect some specific services and provide government
officials with advice regarding that service. For example:
Inspection Générale des Finances (IGF; Ministry of Finances)
Inspection Générale des Affaires Sociales (IGAS; Social Security)
Inspection Générale de l'Administration (IGA; various administrative
departments, e.g. prefectures)
Inspection générale de l'Éducation Nationale (Ministry of National
Education: teaching issues)
Inspection générale de l'administration de l'Éducation Nationale
(ministries of National Education and Research: administrative issues)
Police internal affairs
Inspection générale de la
Police Nationale (except
Paris and close
Inspection générale des services of the Prefecture of
The inspection générale des Finances is particularly prestigious as
a job appointment after studies at the École Nationale
d'Administration. In recent decades, many of its members have occupied
various high positions in lieu of their traditional mission of
inspection. The corps has come under increased criticism for this.
During World War II, Colonel General
Heinz Guderian was appointed
inspector general of armoured troops on 1 March 1943, reporting
directly to Adolf Hitler.
Since the reestablishment of the German armed forces after World War
II, the inspector general of the federal armed forces
(Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr) is the highest-ranking soldier,
responsible for the overall military planning and the principal
military advisor to the federal minister of defense and the federal
government. Head of the Command Staff of the Armed Forces
(Führungsstab der Streitkräfte), his position is broadly equivalent
to that of the American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
In the German federal police (Bundespolizei), the highest-ranking
police officer is called inspector of the federal police as well,
although this position is a more coordinating than commanding one. For
all state alert police services there also exists an inspector
(Inspekteur der Bereitschaftspolizeien der Länder). All of the
sixteen German state police departements has an inspector, as the
highest-ranking police officer. The state police presidents are
normally not police officers, they are administration officials. The
competence for police services in Germany is assigned to the federal
states of Germany. The federal police is a coordinating police
département with only a few competences, e.g. in border control or
airport and trial security.
In the scope of responsibility of the state police departments the
federal police can only act with permission or request of the local
Insignia of an Indian
Police Service officer with rank of inspector
general of police
During the British rule in India, in 1861, the British Government
introduced the Indian Councils Act of 1861. The act created a new
cadre of police, called Superior
Police Services, later known as the
Indian Imperial Police. The highest rank in the service was the
Currently. in modern India, the inspector general of police or joint
commissioner of police is a two-star rank officer and one of the most
senior officers in the state police forces. All inspectors general and
joint commissioners in state police forces are Indian
officers. They are in some states the commissioner of police for the
city, that is they head a police force for a particular city.
Inspectors general in Central Armed
Police Forces (BSF, CISF, CRPF,
SSB, ITBP) are either Indian
Police Service (IPS) officers or directly
appointed gazetted officers (DAGOs), who are directly appointed
Assistant Commandants (through UPSC entrance test from the year 2005
onwards). The rank insignia of an inspector general of police or joint
commissioner of police is one star above a crossed sword and baton.
Indian Coast Guard
Indian Coast Guard also has the rank of inspector general. The
coast guard regions are commanded by officers of the rank of inspector
The army's inspector general (generalinspektøren for hæren—GIH) is
the immediate superior of the commanding officer of special forces
In Pakistan, the inspector general of police or provincial police
officer is a three-star rank who heads the police force of a province.
The inspector general of police (IGP) is a
Police Service of Pakistan
officer, appointed by the federal government with consent of the
provincial chief minister. The rank insignia of an inspector general
of police is the national emblem or one pip containing the national
emblem above a crossed sword and baton worn on both shoulder flashes.
The office of
General Inspector of the Armed Forces
General Inspector of the Armed Forces existed in the
Second Polish Republic
Second Polish Republic and was held by, among others, Józef
In Romania, inspector general is the title given to the head of the
Romanian Police, Romanian Border Police, Romanian Gendarmerie and the
Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations
Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (whose central
commands are called "general inspectorates").
In the British tradition, an inspector general is usually a senior
military officer responsible for the inspection of military units to
ensure that they meet appropriate standards of training and
efficiency. Unlike American inspectors general, they do not usually
have an investigative or law enforcement function.
For many years the
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force maintained a post of inspector
The commanding officers of the
Royal Irish Constabulary
Royal Irish Constabulary (and later of
Royal Ulster Constabulary
Royal Ulster Constabulary until replaced by chief constable) and
many Commonwealth police forces also bore the title of inspector
general of police and it is still used in
India and some other former
The inspector general is also the name given to the chief executive
officer of the Insolvency Service.
Inspector and variants of it are rank titles of officers in the police
of Britain and most Commonwealth countries.
General IG emblem
Main article: Office of the Inspector General
In the United States, an inspector general leads an organization
charged with examining the actions of a government agency, military
organization, or military contractor as a general auditor of their
operations to ensure they are operating in compliance with generally
established policies of the government, to audit the effectiveness of
security procedures, or to discover the possibility of misconduct,
waste, fraud, theft, or certain types of criminal activity by
individuals or groups related to the agency's operation, usually
involving some misuse of the organization's funds or credit. In the
United States, there are numerous offices of inspector general at the
federal, state, and local levels.
In the Vatican City State, the inspector general is the commanding
officer of the state police force, the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican
City. He is also the chief bodyguard for the pope, and accompanies the
pontiff when he visits foreign countries.
^ "The Bumptious Functionary". The Economist. 14 December 2013.
^ a b c Shahidullah, Shahid M. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.
Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9781449604257.
^ Glossary of Endgame by Knut Braa, p.270 "FSK er direkte underlagt
GIH - generalinspektøren for Hæren - og med det tillagt stor nærhet
til strategisk nivå og stor operativ
^ Nadia Hilliard, The Accountability State: US Federal Inspectors
General and the Pursuit of Democratic Integrity (2017) excerpt
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