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File:LAPD Lieutenant.jpg
One symbol of a lieutenant, a single silver bar.

A Lieutenant is an officers rank in the Army and Police. It is an entry level or low level rank. The word comes from the French language. Lieu means "place" and tenant means "holding". A lieutenant is someone who takes the place of a superior when that person is not available. It can also mean a deputy position to assist someone else to carry out their job.