Ranks and insignia of the Ordnungspolizei
The Ranks and insignia of the Ordnungspolizei developed in 1936 after the nationalization of Germany's regular police forces.
Ordnungspolizei Rank Titles
Ordnungspolizei ranks were based on local police titles and were considered a separate system from the ranks of the SS. It was also possible for Orpo members to hold dual status in both the Orpo and the SS, meaning that two ranks could be held simultaneously. In the case of Orpo Generals, equivalent SS rank was always held in which case the Orpo General would be addressed by their SS rank first, followed by their police titles (Ex: SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei). In 1944, all Orpo Generals also gained equivalent Waffen-SS rank so that, in the event of capture by the Allies, the Orpo General would hold status as a military officer instead of a police official.
Orpo personnel who were also members of the Allgemeine-SS were authorized to wear an embroidered SS Sigrunen patch on the breast pocket.
Ordnungspolizei Rank Insignia
In addition to collar and shoulder insignia, Ordnungspolizei also wore the wreathed police eagle on the upper left sleeve. The collar patch and shoulderboards were backed, and the sleeve eagle (below the rank of Leutnant) embroidered, in Truppenfarbe, a color-code which indicated the branch of police: green for Schutzpolizei (municipal police) and police general officers, orange for rural Gendarmerie, carmine-red for fire brigades, gold for maritime police and so on.
Orpo General Rank SS equivalent Shoulder Insignia Collar Insignia
Chef der Deutschen Polizei Reichsführer-SS Generaloberst der Polizei Oberstgruppenführer General der Polizei Obergruppenführer Generalleutnant der Polizei Gruppenführer Generalmajor der Polizei Brigadeführer
Note: Since most police generals, increasingly as time went on, were also SS generals, they typically wore SS uniform except at police-specific functions.
Orpo Officer Rank SS equivalent Shoulder Insignia Collar Insignia Oberst der Polizei Standartenführer Oberstleutnant der Polizei Obersturmbannführer Major der Polizei Sturmbannführer Hauptmann der Polizei Hauptsturmführer Oberleutnant der Polizei Obersturmführer Leutnant der Polizei Untersturmführer Orpo Enlisted Rank Translation SS equivalent Shoulder Insignia Collar Insignia Meister Master Sturmscharführer Hauptwachtmeister Chief Watch Master Hauptscharführer Revier-oberwachtmeister
Precinct Senior Watch Master
District Senior Watch Master
Platoon Watch Master
Oberscharführer Oberwachtmeister Senior Watch Master Scharführer Wachtmeister Watch Master Unterscharführer Rottmeister Team Master Rottenführer Unterwachtmeister Junior Watch Master Sturmmann Anwärter Candidate Mann
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