I'm writing a detective story with an international cast of policemen, but I'm stuck at a scene, where a German DI ("Kriminalkommissar") meets an English customs officer. I take it that Customs in the UK are now called UKBF. I searched Wikipedia and Gov.uk concerning the ranks of UKBF officers and how to address them, but wasn't that successful. What I found, is this:http://www.hmce-badges.co.uk/items-of-interest/
So, here are my questions:
- Is this table of ranks "state of the art"?
- If so, is a Border Force Higher Officer the equivalent of a Detective/Police Inspector?
- How do I address him/her formally?
The scenario is that a German police officer cooperates with a British DI, and then they need the help of Customs. And now I'm at a loss how the British DI would introduce his UKBF colleague to the German one, because of these very long rank names.
The three of them meet for the first time in person when meeting with the UKBF officer, and at first, no-one is quite happy about having to deal with this case and everything is quite formal, so they introduce themselves with their rank and last name. So what would the DI say? "This is Border Force Higher Officer Jones" or "Please meet Higher Officer Jones from the UKBF"? And how to address Mr./Mrs. Jones directly?
Any advice would be welcome.