DSP: Deputy Superintendent of Police

DSP stands for Deputy Superintendent of Police, it is the highest rank given to the State Police officers. DSP has equal powers as the ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police). The designation may differ in a few states, like in Rajasthan and UP the DSP is referred to as Circle Officer C.O. 


DSP is a grade that is used in many countries like India and Singapore that are formed by the British Empire; it is the Force Post of Police mainly in the Commonwealth. A DSP will look into how well the laws are being implemented and enforced, he has to make sure citizens are getting their rights and peace and harmony maintained in the country.

As everyone is aware and believes, it is the job of the Police to take care of the people, be flexible and dynamic when it comes to security and society. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

The DSP is considered as a subordinate officer to the SP, his post is designed in such a way that he will assist the SP while managing the work of Police departments. This includes solving cases, preventing crimes, taking care of Police stations and investigations. 

However, we will now discuss the responsibilities of a DSP in detail below:

  • Sub-division DSP will be in charge of one or two police stations, he will be responsible for all the activities taking place in those police stations.
  • Once you become a DSP, you are required to prevent crimes from happening. You must plan out new strategies to stop the crimes. 
  • DSP will personally visit the crime scenes if required and check if the investigation is conducted properly.
  • He will supervise all the cases and can give his inputs in solving the difficult ones.
  • DSP is given the responsibility of maintaining law and order, this also includes taking action against any individual who is not obliging to the rules and regulations.
  • He can take strict action against police officers who are not doing their duty properly.
  • All the special and local laws come under the responsibility of a DSP, he must keep a check on those laws as well.
  • DSP is in charge of the security of citizens.
  • DSP will look into the traffic regulations and makes sure the officers are posted in the right place of a traffic signal.
  • He plans strategies on how to keep up peace with the public and management.
  • DSP will take care of large-scale arrangements for big and small events, taking care of the security of that particular area. 
  • He will be the main point of contact if any big issue comes up related to crimes and investigations.


DSP is a post with many major responsibilities hence there are a few criteria that must be fulfilled before selecting a DSP officer. Mentioned below are a few criteria’s required:

  1. The first and foremost norm for a person applying to become a DSP is that he must be born in India i.e. he must have Indian Citizenship.
  2. The age of the applicant must be in between 21 years to 30 years, another five yrs of age can be added for ST/SC applicants. 
  3. Discussing the educational qualification, the candidate must be a graduate from a known university of any field. 
  4. There is a special category of height that is considered for the DSP post, a male candidate should be at least 168 cm tall, and a female must be 155 cm tall.

Process of Selection:

For selecting a DSP, an individual must clear the State PCS exam, after the selection process, there will be intense training given at the Police Academy or Training Centre. 

After the training process, the individual will become PSI, then after a long time of hard work and dedication, the individual will get a chance to get promoted to P.I. and DYSP.

There is a special category where a DSP will be selected on basis of Sports Quota. This comes as a bit of good luck for those individuals who are good at sports. There are other scenarios as well where the candidate will get selected as a DSP or ASP for some time under special circumstances. After the purpose has been solved, that particular candidate will be appointed as SP.

Advantages of DSP:

The post of DSP is regarded as one of the highest ranks in Police Departments. A DSP will get a handsome salary and is more likely to get promoted when he performs well on the ground. We will discuss a few added benefits of becoming a DSP:

  • A DSP officer will be given a residence for him and his family which is free of cost and rent. Along with a private home, he will be given a staff quarter too.
  • The government will pay for his cook, maid, security guard, and domestic help. 
  • DSP will be given a private vehicle along with a good driver for office use and sometimes for personal use.
  • The internet and phone bills will be paid by the government and are free for usage.
  • Other bills like electricity, water bills, and basic services will be taken care of by the government.
  • DSP will be given insurance free of cost that means if something happens to a DSP then the family will be taken care of by the government. A fixed income will be allotted to the family.
  • If the DSP is required to travel for official visits and stays, then he must not worry about the expenses as every expenditure will be taken care of by the government. 
  • The leaves taken during exams and training will be considered as paid leaves. 

To summarize, the Deputy Superintendent of police is the one who works hard for the State and the citizens ensuring all the safety precautions are taken and crimes are solved. Considering the duty of a DSP, the benefits mentioned above are far less. 

This is a post of highest regard hence numerous aspirants are working hard to get this post every year.