Updated 3 Jan 2001
Submitted by Peter McGoldrick and posted here
with his kind permission.
If it helps, RIC ranks in the General Register during this period went as follows:
During training at the RIC depot,
the 'trainee' would have been a 2nd class Sub-Constable;
in the early years of the force these were of two classes:
1 & 2 (the lower class).
On allocation to a station he would have been
promoted (hence P) to 1SC or 1st class Sub-Constable.
Where a policeman was punished, he may have been reverted to a former
hence R in the lists followed by the lower rank.
The progression was as follows
2SC 2nd class Sub Constable
1SC 1st class
AC Acting Constable
2HC 2nd class Head Constable
1HC 1st class
SI Sub-Inspector (3 classes)
CI Couny Inspector (2 classes)
DIG Deputy Inspector General (about 3-4)
IG Inspector General (1 only)
In about 1887 the ranks were changed to Constable, Acting Sergeant (AS),
Sergeant(Sergt), Head Constable(HC), District Inspector (DI, 3 classes),
County Inspector (CI), etc
Hope this helps.
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