Military Police


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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15 Spring 2016 operations may be advisable. Additionally, in ideal scenarios, the collecting point will be within a support area in proximity to the main supply route. Operating a col- lecting point with access to the main sup- ply route increases the ability to evacuate and transfer CPERs quickly and effcient- ly. Finally, resource and logistical support can be acquired if large numbers of CPERs must be processed. Point In the course of decisive-action training environment rotations at the Joint Multina- tional Readiness Center, a collecting point is established during force-on-force operations at the brigade level and below. The collecting point is designed to account for groups or pop- ulations and to secure those groups until they can be transferred or evacuated to the next higher echelon holding area. 2 In spite of the fact that there are no estab- lished standards governing how to create a collecting point, some of the guidelines from U.S. and NATO doctrine are very similar. The collecting point should, where possible, be based on an existing building to reduce the need for engineer support to erect perimeter wire and overhead shelter. There is no formal design for a collecting point, but it must be built to suit the climate, the weather, and the operational situa- tion. 3 During Saber Junction 15, there was no permanent structure available; therefore, U.S. and Bulgarian military police requested engineer assets from the brigade engineer battalion to assist in the construction of the collecting point. The combined effort of the U.S. military police, Bulgarian military police, and brigade engineer battalion overcame the logistical challenges of constructing the collecting point. The collecting point provided the space needed for in-processing, medical screening, interrogations, and sanitation require- ments and offered the capability to process large numbers of CPERs. Additionally, the engineer battalion used heavy equipment to form berms for direct and indirect fre protec- tion—key and necessary elements for a successful operation. In an effort to recognize the future plan, the headquarters and headquarters troop, brigade engineer battalion, and 2d Cavalry Regiment assigned the following roles and respon- sibilities for the operation of the collecting point: • Facility in . A company commander (captain) oversees the facility operation and provides technical guidance to the guard force. • Facility assistant in . A military police frst lieutenant represents the offcer in charge in his or her absence and supervises the day-to-day facility opera- tions. • Facility noncommissioned in - son the offce. A military police sergeant frst class enforces facility stan- dards and supervises guard force operations and the in-processing of CPERs. • Facility . A Bulgarian mili- tary police platoon conducts security, searches, and cus- tody and control of CPERs. • ning. A physician assistant and a health care specialist provide medical care and conduct medical screening. • . Three human intelligence collection teams conduct interrogations. Detention operations are initiated at the point of capture. This is generally the most vulnerable step of the operation, as Soldiers must disarm, restrain, search, and guard CPERs in a hostile environment. The detaining or capturing unit has the overall responsibility of securing, controlling, and coordinating transportation for the CPERs until their evac- uation to the collecting point. Upon arrival at the collecting point, the CPERs are generally received by a military police unit. The complete in-processing of CPERs through the col- lecting point involves a variety of tasks and key personnel. Tasks performed by military police during in-processing in- clude guard, search, provide a capture tag, segregate, and generate a group capture report. Next, medical personnel perform a medical screening; they examine CPERs and treat any injuries that require immediate medical attention. Once the CPER is cleared by medical personnel, human intelligence personnel interview the CPER to determine if further interrogation is necessary. When further interrogation is required, trained and certifed personnel conduct the interrogations. Following the inter- rogation phase, a recommendation for release or transfer is submitted to higher echelons for approval. During Saber Junction 15, the proper delineation of roles, responsibilities, and rehearsals between the training units proved to be an asset to the overall success of the detention operation mission. Each military component understood and was able to execute its assigned roles, which mitigated Soldiers from the Bulgarian military police platoon improve the collecting-point structure.

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