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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23 MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 response training and continuity-of-operations events) and exercises (such as Guardian Shield and Capital Shield) to enable directorate of emergency services personnel, staff offcers, and agents to work together, fostering respect and teamwork and improving overall investigative operations skill sets. Through annual training guidance, the 3d Military Police Group directs leaders to seek out, lead, and participate in a wide variety of operational training opportunities. The Military Police Corps should, likewise, seek out additional collective training opportunities focused on investigative operations in order to increase awareness, understanding, and respect among military police leaders and agents at all echelons. 9 Institutional and operational training exposes leaders to the interdependence of CID, the Military Police Corps and, ultimately, the directorate of emergency services. Experience The Army uses assignment progression, development, broadening opportunities, and outside infuences to provide leaders with the experiential opportunities required to reach their full potential. 10 Unfortunately, experiences that expose military police offcers to the CID mission often occur very late in the offcers' careers. The sooner offcers can gain exposure to (and experience with) CID, the more rounded and diversifed they become. Offcers with early CID exposure and experience are better informed and may serve as better advisors. This exposure to, and experience with, CID ensures that the offcers are capable of integrating all facets of the military police mission as they advise senior mission commanders. Experience can come in many forms; however, with the 3d Military Police Group, experience comes through hands-on events such as tours of the Defense Forensic Science Center, observations of polygraph tests, ride-alongs, and crime scene processing. The 3d Military Police Group experience also comes in the form of day-to-day interaction between staff offcers and agents. Such interaction provides an opportunity for the exchange of questions and answers. Working together and exposing staff offcers to the full scope of the CID mission set allow understanding and respect to fourish. Experience ensures that offcers internalize and fully understand how the CID mission complements the overarching military police mission and investigative operations and how it supports the Army at large. 11 Conclusion The Military Police Corps must not only foster multifunctional training events, but also seek means to expose offcers to the CID mission set at the earliest opportunities. A more comprehensive military police offcer leader development strategy integrating education, training, and experience would increase junior military police leaders' working knowledge and understanding of the CID mission and investigative operations. By adapting the Team Justice Certifcation Program and executing training at all posts, camps, and stations, the Military Police Corps could create military police leaders (at all ranks) who are well versed in the multifunctional military police mission set—especially in the area of investigations. Educated leaders would, in turn, serve as stronger advocates for the entire law enforcement community and provide better support and advice to senior mission commanders at every echelon. Endnotes: 1 "Mission," U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, , accessed on 22 January 2014. 2 "HQDA Standardized METL: CID Group and Military Police Brigade (MP BDE)," Army Training Network, , accessed on 22 January 2014. 3 Army Leader Development Strategy 2013, , accessed on 23 January 2014. 4 "3d MP Group Operations Order 004-12 (Operation Justice Certifcation)," 3d Military Police Group, 15 August 2012. 5 Army Leader Development Strategy 2013. 6 U.S. Code, Title 10, Armed Forces. 7 "3D MP Group Operations Order 004-12 (Operation Justice Certifcation)." 8 Army Leader Development Strategy 2013. 9 "3D MP Group Operations Order 004-12 (Operation Justice Certifcation)." 10 Army Leader Development Strategy 2013. 11 "3D MP Group Operations Order 004-12 (Operation Justice Certifcation)." Major Cantwell is an operations offcer with the 3d Military Police Group. She holds a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy–West Point, New York, and master's degrees from the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, and the School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Cantwell.1.indd 25 3/28/2014 10:14:45 AM

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