All About Corps of Military Police

DefenceXP Author / 01 October 2019

Hello Defence Lovers, Despite the name, and many similar duties, military police are more than just cops in camouflage.They’re usually most visible manning gates and security checkpoints, and enforcing basic traffic laws and military regulations. But their duties also include investigating felony-level crimes and terrorism, and coordinating with other law enforcement agencies when service members get themselves in a mess out in town. So with this article we will  talk about Corps of Military Police and also will discuss the ways through which you can join it.

What is Corps of Military Police?

  • Corps of Military Police (CMP) is the military police of the Indian Army. In addition, the CMP is trained to handle prisoners of war and to regulate traffic, as well as to handle basic telecommunication equipment such as telephone exchanges. They can be identified by their red berets, white lanyards and belts, and they also wear a black brassard with the letters MP imprinted in red.
  • The term 'red berets' is synonymous with the personnel of the elite corps of Military Police (CMP), since all ranks of this Corps adorn the exclusive red berets along with white belts to distinguish themselves from other Corps of Army. The role of this Corps is primarily to assist Army formations in maintaining a high standard of discipline of its troops, prevent breaches of various rules and regulations and to assist in the preservation of high morale of all ranks of the formation.
  •  In Jul 1939, one Indian Provost Section alongwith one British section were formed to raise, Force 4 Provost Unit, which was part of 4 Indian Infantry Division. Indian section was raised out of other Ranks from 7 and 11 Cavalry Regiments. The recorded date for raising of first Indian Provost unit was 28 Aug 1939. 
  • On 18 Oct 1947, the ‘Corps of Indian Military Police (CIMP) shed its historical British connection and was re-designate as the ‘Corps of military Police’ (CMP). This date is celebrated as the Corps Raising Day. After Independence, the Corps has served with elan and proved its mettle while contributing in maintenance of highest standards in the Indian Army.
  • After the 1971 war, the Corps was closely associated with the onerous task of looking after approximately 90,000 Prisoners of War for more than a year. The Military policemen have also had the honour to serve with distinction, as part of the UN Mission forces in various theatres, around the globe. The members of the Corps of Military Police are the most visible faces during National functions and Army events. The tall, smart and immaculately turned out personnel of the Corps of Military Police are the pride of Indian Army during important ceremonial events.

Main Role: 

  • To preserve good order and discipline and to prevent breaches of the same by persons serving in or attached to the regular Army. Also to provide close protection to the COAS. As per chapter II of the Regulations for the Army 1962, Commanders are responsible for the discipline of the troops under their command. The Corps of Military Police assists Commanders in maintaining good order and discipline and preventing breaches of the same.

Tasks of Corps of Military Police: 

The main functions of the Corps of Military Police are as under :-

(i) To assist in the maintenance of good order and discipline.

(ii) To assist in the control of movement of men, material and vehicles both in peace and war.

(iii) Custody and handling of prisoners of war.

(iv) Control and handling of stragglers and refugees in war.

(v) Provision of pilots, outriders for the GOC-in-C and their equivalent and above.

(vi) Assistance to units, servicemen and their families.

(vii) Aid to civil police

(viii) Maintenance of liaison with civil, Air Force and Naval Police.

(ix) Investigation of cases in the Army.

(x) To provide close protection to COAS.

Recruitment in Corps of Military Police:
  •  While initially the manpower for Provost Units was draughted from other Regiments, in 1963. The Corps of Military Police started direct recruitment for the Corps.
  • The Regimental Centre has since then been training recruits to take on the responsibilities of Military Policemen, after imparting a rigorous training of 65 weeks.
  • Apart from basic military training, every Military Policemen is imparted Provost, Signal and Driving and Maintenance training before he finally passes out of the training centre to join his assigned unit. The officers in the Corps of Military Police are posted from all arms.
  • In 2019 For the first time ever, a women recruitment drive in military police is taking place in Lucknow.
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