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Policía de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Policía de la Provincia de Buenos Aires' seal
Creation: 1821
Chief: Juan Carlos Paggi
Sub-Chief: ?
Location: La Plata
Phone: 54 0-800-222-2422

The Buenos Aires Provincial Police (Spanish: Policía de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, informally Policía Bonaerense) is the police service responsible for policing the Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina.

It is one of the biggest police services of Argentina, responsible for policing a province of over 15 million inhabitants, about 38% of Argentina's entire population. It is not, however, responsible for policing the Federal Capital district of Buenos Aires city, which is under the jurisdiction of the Argentine Federal Police and soon also under the Jurisdiction of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police.

The institution is usually referred to as Policía Bonaerense, where bonaerense is the demonym for the Province of Buenos Aires, in contrast with porteño, used for the inhabitants of the Buenos Aires city.

This police force is subordinate to the Provincial Ministry of Security headed by Minister Carlos Stornelli. The Chief of the force, Comisario General Juan Carlos Paggi,[1] has the title of Superintendente General de Policia, which translates as Superintendent General of Police.

Seven members of the service were murdered in the first six months of 2009.[citation needed]


Police Ranks

Until January 2005, the Buenos Aires Police used the same rank system as employed by the Federal Police and other Argentinean provincial police forces. This system consisted of seventeen ranks, of which nine were for (commissioned) officers and eight were for sub-officers (including the basic rank of agent). A new and simplified rank system was established through the passing of a new law for police personnel. This system officially abolished the distinction between (commissioned) officers and sub-officers and instituted a rank system consisting of the following nine ranks, listed in descending order:

Bonaerense police van in Quilmes.
Rank English translation
Superintendente Superintendent
Comisionado Commissioner
Inspector Inspector
Capitán Captain
Teniente Primero First Lieutenant
Teniente Lieutenant
Subteniente Sublieutenant
Sargento Sergeant
Oficial de Policía Police Officer

Current rank system

As of 2009, a new law once again modified the police ranks and established some variations (Ley 13.982/09) [2], the current law establishes different employees rankings ("Escalafones" as they are called in Spanish):

  • Officers of the General ranking;
  • Officers of the Commando ranking;
  • Professional Officers;
  • Administrative Officers;
  • Technical Officers;
  • General Services personnel;
  • 911 personnel;
  • Civilian personnel.

The current levels for the Commando sub-ranking are (ten levels) in descending order:

  • 1) Conducting Officers:

Comisario General
Comisario Mayor

  • 2) Supervision Officers:

Comisario Inspector

  • 3) Chief Officers:


  • 4) Subordinate Officers:

Oficial Principal
Oficial Inspector
Oficial Subinspector
Oficial Ayudante
Oficial Subayudante

On the other hand the General sub-ranking defines seven levels (the general sub-ranking is subordinate to the commando sub-ranking, so even the highest ranking of it is a subordinate to the lowest ranking of commando officers):

  • 1) Superior Officers:

Mayor (Major)
Capitán (Captain)
Teniente 1ro. (First Lieutenant)

  • 2) Subordinate Officers:

Teniente (Lieutenant)
Subteniente (Sublieutenant)
Sargento (Sergeant)
Oficial (Officer)

  • 3) Police Academy cadet.

Both the Commando and General rankings represent the sworn officers (armed personnel), the other rankings constitute the support staff. For the Professional, Technical and Administrative sub-rankings, the levels of the Commando sub-ranking is employed, yet there is a subordinate relationship between the subrankings making the Commando the highest one of all.

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