Military Police

SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 21 A s a military police offcer who had limited interaction with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) (commonly known as CID) before being assigned as an operations offcer with the 3d Military Police Group (CID), I did not appreciate the capabilities and capacity inherent in CID. However, after assuming my current duty position, I began to realize that I was failing to articulate the full scope of Military Police Corps capabilities and capacity to the commanders and staffs that I previously served. Fortunately, my initiation and integration into the 3d Military Police Group—through the 3d Military Police Group Team Justice Certifcation Program—quickly compensated for my shortcomings. The Team Justice Certifcation Program—a leader development strategy for all newly assigned personnel, especially commissioned offcers—enables the group to educate, train, and expose new personnel to the unique challenges, capabilities, and capacity of CID. I regret that the opportunity to participate in the Team Justice Certifcation Program came so late in my career. To improve support to, and understanding of, the military police core competency of investigations, I believe that building upon the Team Justice Certifcation Program is critical in providing all junior military police offcers with the opportunity to learn about CID. A more comprehensive military police offcer leader development strategy would better educate personnel about CID and investigative opportunities and, in turn, improve junior military police offcers' ability to advise and assist commanders at all echelons. CID Mission The mission of CID is to investigate and deter serious crimes in which the Army has an interest. CID collects, ana- lyzes, processes, and disseminates criminal intelligence; conducts protective-service operations; coordinates forensic laboratory support with all Department of Defense investi- gative agencies; and maintains Army criminal records. CID also provides criminal investigative support to all U.S. Army By Major Melissa Cantwell elements, deploying on short notice in support of contingency operations worldwide when necessary. CID uses modern investigative techniques, equipment, and systems to provide commanders at every echelon with a full range of effcient investigative support, protective services support, police intel- ligence operations, and logistics security operations. 1 These CID mission-essential tasks fully support the military police core competency of investigations—just as the traditional Military Police Corps supports the mission-essential task of law and order operations. 2 Although mission command tasks carried out by CID and Corps support military police staffs are similar, the commonalities end there. The CID mission, mission-essential task list, vernacular, organizational culture, and career progression are unique. Thus, the transition and subsequent learning curve for offcers newly assigned as CID battalion or group staff offcers are signifcant. When an offcer assumes a position within a CID element, additional educa- tion, training, and experience are required. The ability to transition between staffs leads to well- rounded military police offcers. However, within the Military Police Corps, opportunities to transition to CID elements are often limited to just a few feld grade offcer assignments— even though there are CID offces located at nearly every post, station, and camp. If a deliberate leader development program extending beyond an introduction to the CID mission set within an institutional environment were developed and implemented, junior leaders could gain greater insight, understanding, and respect for CID and the unique mission and capabilities of the organization. Such a leader development program would allow junior military police leaders not only to learn about CID and investigative operations, but also to serve as better advisors to senior mission commanders. Leader Development and the Team Justice Certifcation Program The Army Leader Development Strategy 2013 emphasizes that leaders at all levels must, within their organizations, create Cantwell.1.indd 23 3/21/2014 12:42:36 PM

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