Police Case Study: Royal Military PoliceIntroductionPolicing is an important aspect in the development of a country. The role of the police is generally to maintain law and order in a country. Police in the UK are categorised in various departments including municipal, public, civil, commercial, traffic and the military police. This paper will focus on Royal Military Police (MRP) in the UK. A career in Royal Military Police is varied and challenging. Several opportunities offered in the RMP include the Special Investigation, which is an equivalent of the Criminal Investigation Department, CID and Close Protection, which is for guarding the military personnel.
Royal Military PoliceThe Royal Military Police is a branch of the British Army, which is responsible for policing of service personnel and provision of military police presence on service property, exercises and all operations. Members of RMP are called the Redcaps a name they acquired because they wear red berets (Great Britain, 2000). RMP wears red stable belt approved by the Army Dress Committee. Just like other military police in the world, the RMP wears white webbing with barrack dress.
Structure of Royal Military PoliceWhen a person joins RMP, he or she undertakes the General Police Duties (GPD). This includes Garrison Policing, which provides security in large garrisons and support for the military during operations. In the U. K, there are over one thousand eight hundred Regular and Territorial Personnel (RMPA Colchester & East Anglia, 2008). There are two major branches in RMP. They include, Special Investigation branch (SIB) and Close Protection (CP). After passing through GPD, a person is free to specialize from one of the two branches. Special Investigation BranchThe SIB performs serious investigations as well as providing specialist support to investigations for example in scenes of crime.
They give their service in both garrison or during operation home or abroad. The SIB help in various investigations involved during war by the military or against the military. They are highly trained to handle civilians, regular police and the army in their home country and overseas hence their operations are universal in nature (The British Army, Modern and Professional, 2009). Close ProtectionThe CP is responsible for the protection of high profile military personnel in the army.
They are specially trained to offer on call-trained operatives for the commonwealth office. Close Protection also control the military at war by moving them forward or backwards. They lead in operations and engage in high-risk points operation during a battle. Classification of U. K RMPIn Great Britain the RMP are categorized into three major Regiments, which include the 3rd Regiment RMP, 4th Regiment RMP and the 5th Regiment RMP. Each of the units is further divided into sub units and has a specific function in the RMP. 3rd Regiment RMP: This unit has four sub-units, which include: 150 -Provost Company, 158-provost Company, 173-provost Company and 174-provost Company (RMPA Colchester & East Anglia, 2008). 4th Regiment RMP: consists 3 units which include; 160 provost company, 116 provost company and 253 provost company.
116-provost Company and 253-provost Company are mainly volunteers. 5th Regimental RMP: This unit is made up of four sub-units. They are; 101-provost company, 114-provost Company, 243-provost Company and 252-provost Company. 243-provost Company and 252-provost Company are volunteers (RMPA Colchester & East Anglia, 2008).