I'm sure you've seen on the media different stories about various police activities down through the years. Since I have a military background, I've been interested in how individual law enforcement personnel acquire their various ranks (e.g., sergeant, lieutenant, captain, etc.). There doesn't seem to be any real consistent pattern in their rankings. I've seen police captains of little cross roads villages display a rank insignia of five stars while the commandant of that same state's highway patrol only wears the rank insignia of only a colonel. Does anyone out there know if there's some kind of consistent criteria for assigning these rankings? I'm SURE that good ole boy politics has absolutely no part in this.....right?!!?