What is the Full Form of DCP?

By meenakshi|Updated : July 27th, 2022

DCP full form is Deputy Commissioner of Police. DCP is the head of the district police in metropolitan cities with a Police Comissionerate System (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad). This rank is equivalent to the Superintendent of Police. It is a senior scale IPS post, i.e., an IPS officer is promoted to SP/DCP in a span of 4 to 7 years.

What does DCP Stand for?

DCP stands for the Deputy Commissioner of Police, which is a post similar to Superintendent of Police in metropolitan cities. DCP is in charge of the District police and head of the criminal administration. A DCP is responsible for maintaining, directing, and controlling the actions of the police. The roles of a DCP are-

  • Maintenance of Law and order in the state/ Union territories. 
  • It is responsible for controlling the actions of the police officers of India. 
  • In the metropolitan Indian districts, a DCP is responsible for hearing the revenue cases. 

A person aiming to be a DCP must be an Indian citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, and be 21 to 32 in age.

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FAQs on What is the Full Form of DCP?

  • The full form of DCP is the Deputy Commissioner of Police, who is responsible for maintaining, controlling, and directing the actions of Indian Police officers.

  • The Deputy Commissioner of Police ranks higher than the Deputy Superintendent of Police. It is similar to the Superintendent of Police (SP).

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