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Encyclopedia > Ministry of Defence Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Ministry of Defence Police area
Coverage
Area Ministry of Defence Land & Property within the UK, Commercial customers' sites.
Size Over 200 sites within the UK and overseas.
Population n/a
Operations
Formed 1971
HQ Wethersfield
Budget {{{budget}}}
Officers 3,440
Divisions 5
Stations 110
Chief Constable Steven Love
Website MOD Police

The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) is a civilian police force that is part of the Ministry of Defence. The force is part of the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency which was formed by the merger of the MDP and Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) on April 1st, 2004.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... RAF Wethersfield during World War II, March 1945. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. ... The Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency is a British Ministry of Defence executive agency which combines the Ministry of Defence Police and Ministry of Defence Guard Service under a single Chief Executive. ... The Ministry of Defence Guard Service provides British Ministry of Defence (MOD) establishments with guard and security services. ...


The MDP is a non-Home Office police force. It is responsible for providing Police, Investigative and Guarding services to Ministry of Defence property and installations throughout the United Kingdom. The MDP has approximately 3,500 police officers based at 110 police units at 86 locations across the United Kingdom. The modern concept of Small Office and Home Office or SoHo , or Small or Home Office deals with the category of business which can be from 1 to 10 workers. ... The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. ...

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Formation

The Ministry of Defence Police was formed in 1971 by the merger of three civil constabularies, the Air Force Department Constabulary (AFDC), previously under the control of the Air Ministry, The Army Department Constabulary (ADC), previously under the control of the War Office, and the Admiralty Constabulary, previously under the control of the Admiralty.[2] The Air Force Department Constabulary was a police force in the United Kingdom formed as a result of the Special Constables Act 1923. ... The Air Ministry was formerly a department of the United Kingdom Government, established in 1918 with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the (then newly formed) Royal Air Force. ... The Army Department Constabulary was a police force in the United Kingdom formed as a result of the Special Constables Act 1923. ... Old War Office Building, seen from Whitehall, London - the former location of the War Office The War Office was a former department of the British Government, responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1963, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. ... The Admiralty Constabulary was a police force in the United Kingdom formed as a result of the Special Constables Act 1923. ... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ...


These earlier Constabularies had been formed as a result of the Special Constables Act 1923 although their histories can be traced back much further as watchmen.[2] As such, their powers had come from different legislative sources. In 1984 the House of Commons Defence Select Committee recognised the difficulties under which the Ministry of Defence Police were operating and the Broadbent Committee's recommendations led to the passing of the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987.[2] Type Lower House Speaker Michael Martin, (Non-affiliated) since October 23, 2000 Leader Harriet Harman, (Labour) since June 28, 2007 Shadow Leader Theresa May, (Conservative) since May 5, 2005 Members 659 Political groups Labour Party Conservative Party Liberal Democrats Scottish National Party Plaid Cymru Democratic Unionist Party Sinn Féin... The Defence Committee is one of the Select Committees of the British House of Commons. ...


Function

The MDP is a civil police service. Unlike most British police forces it is not responsible for policing a geographic county or area. Instead it is responsible for policing land, property, and personnel of the Ministry of Defence (and paying customers of the MDPGA) throughout the United Kingdom. All MDP officers are attested as constables in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, having full constabulary powers on MOD land. The MDP gets its powers from the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987,[2] as amended by the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. MDP officers also have full powers of a constable outside of the Ministry of Defence estate in limited and defined circumstances, usually used when asked for assistance from their Home Office force colleagues and in emergency situations as defined by the amendments made by the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. Their jurisdiction is not the same as Home Office force officers and officers from this force do not generally become involved in the day to day policing of the general public. A civil police force is a police force comprised of civilians and not military personnel. ... The British police are a group of similar but independent police services which operate in the United Kingdom. ... For the painter, see John Constable. ... This article is about the country. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 was formally introduced into the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 19 November 2001 two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York. ... The modern concept of Small Office and Home Office or SoHo , or Small or Home Office deals with the category of business which can be from 1 to 10 workers. ...


Command Structure

The MDP has its own Chief Constable, who also serves as the Chief Executive (CE) of the MOD Police and Guarding Agency. The MDP uses the standard British police rank structure and since 1995 its headquarters has been based at the former United States Air Force base at RAF Wethersfield, now designated as MDPGA Wethersfield. It works closely with the Service police organisations, namely the Royal Military Police, Royal Air Force Police, Royal Navy Regulating Branch, and Royal Marines Police. Chief Constable is the title given to the commanding officer of every territorial police force in the United Kingdom except the two responsible for Greater London. ... Most of the police forces of the United Kingdom use a standard set of ranks, shown here in descending seniority from left to right. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... RAF Wethersfield during World War II, March 1945. ... The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the branch of the British Army responsible for the policing of service personnel and providing a military police presence on service property, operations and exercises. ... The Royal Air Force Police (RAFP) is the military police branch of the British Royal Air Force. ... The Royal Navy Regulating Branch is the military police branch of the British Royal Navy. ... The Royal Marines Police is the military police branch of the British Royal Marines. ...


The MDP was restructured in 2003 into five land-based Divisions: Scottish Division, Northern Division, Western Division, AWE Division and South East Division. Each Division is commanded by a Chief Superintendent and has its own CID and Divisional Support Group (DSG), which is able to respond at short notice to any unforeseen incident or emergency. A division was until recently the usual term for the largest territorial subdivision of most British police forces, similar to a precinct in American city police departments, and is still used in some forces. ... AWE plc logo The Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston (formerly the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston) is situated in the UK, just 7 miles north of Basingstoke and approximately 14 miles south-west of Reading, Berkshire, near a village called Aldermaston, bordering with Tadley. ... Chief Superintendent (Ch Supt/CSP; colloquially Chief Super) is a senior rank in the Police Forces. ...


Responsibilities

The MDP is responsible for policing the Defence Estate within the United Kingdom and also provides armed front line security at many defence installations throughout the UK.


The MDP once had a presence at 120 Ministry of Defence sites, such as the Royal Arsenal; munitions and storage depots; housing estates; US Air Force Bases (on a reimbursement basis); Royal Ordnance Factories; Defence Research Establishments; and the Royal Mint. The end of both the Cold War and The Troubles in Northern Ireland, along with the subsequent closure of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and the privatisation of entities such as the Royal Ordnance Factories reduced the number of sites that need an MOD Police presence. The Royal Arsenal, originally known as the Woolwich Arsenal, carried out armaments manufacture, ammunition proofing and explosives research. ... Royal Ordnance Factories (ROFs) was the collective name of the UK governments munitions factories in and after World War II. Until privatisation in 1987 they were the responsibility of the Ministry of Supply and later the Ministry of Defence. ... The Royal Mint is the body permitted to manufacture, or mint, coins in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Troubles (disambiguation) and Trouble. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... The Royal Arsenal, originally known as the Woolwich Arsenal, carried out armaments manufacture, ammunition proofing and explosives research. ... , Woolwich town hall dates from when this was a borough in its own right. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or — especially in India — disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership. ...


Uniform and armament

The uniform worn by its officers is identical to that of the Metropolitan Police Service, apart from insignia. All officers are trained to use firearms and about 70% are armed at any one time. MDP Officers were armed with the SA80 assault rifle, H&K MP5, and the Browning 9mm pistol but in March 2005 they began transitioning to the Heckler & Koch MP7 weapon which is currently in use now.[3], a smaller weapon falling into the Personal defense weapon classification. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the name currently used by the territorial police force which is responsible for Greater London other than the City of London (the responsibility of the City of London Police). ... The SA80 (Small Arms for the 1980s) is a family of related arms that include the British Armed Forcess standard combat rifle. ... Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) (pronounced [1]) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon, USP series of handguns, high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle, and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. ... Caliber: 4. ... A PDW or personal defense weapon is a compact firearm, smaller than an assault rifle or a full size submachine gun, but more powerful and flexible than a normal pistol. ...


Special capabilities

The force has the largest marine support unit and dog section of any of the police forces in the UK. The marine support units are responsible for the waterborne security of Her Majesty's Dockyards and HM Naval Bases. At HMNB Clyde, it shares this role with the Royal Navy's own security unit, the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. Although only constituting 1.5% of the national police force, the MDP has 8% of the national CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear) response capability. Location of Faslane and RNAD Coulport Faslane Naval Base, HMNB Clyde Her Majestys Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde (HMS Neptune), is one of three operating bases for the Royal Navy (the others being HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth). ... Fleet Prtection Group Royal Marines Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines Security of nuclear weapons at Faslane, HM Naval Base Clyde is part of the Groups responsibilities The Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (FPGRM), formerly Comacchio Company Royal Marines (1980-1983) and Comacchio Group Royal Marines (1983-2001), is a... CBRN is an acronym used extensively by the UK security services and the UK emergency services. ...


The 400 dog handlers utilise explosive, drug, and general purpose dogs. The Special Escort Group protects nuclear materials in transit between MOD establishments. The MDP also has a small Criminal Investigation Department (CID) with offices spread around the UK. The CID investigates 'Serious' crime involving persons subject to the Service discipline, dependent Service families, employees of the MOD and contractors to the MOD. Police dog getting ready to search a vehicle for drugs A policemans dog is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and similar law-enforcement personnel with their work. ... The Special Escort Group of the Ministry of Defence Police is responsible for the protection of nuclear materials in transit between military establishments throughout the United Kingdom. ... Charles Vincent, founder of the Metropolitan Police CID The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the branch of all British Police and many other Commonwealth police forces to which plain clothes detectives belong. ...


The Fraud Squad investigates fraud in MOD programmes. The Operational Support Unit is a 50-strong rapid response unit which is tasked with VIP personal protection, public order and anti-terrorist search duties. City of London Police The biggest Fraud squad is run by the City of London Police who are responsible for policing Londons and the UKs main financial hub. ... The Operational Support Unit is a specialist unit of the Ministry of Defence Police of the British Ministry of Defence. ... The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as inshore. ...


Other MoD Police forces

The Ministry of Defence also has responsibility for two other civilian police forces:

Officers from both these forces occasionally attend courses at the MoD Police Agency Training College at Wethersfield, Essex. In June 2005 officers from the GSP marine unit gave assistance to the MoD Police marine unit at Portsmouth during the Trafalgar 200 celebrations. The Sovereign Base Areas Police is the local civilian police force for the British controlled Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus. ... The Gibraltar Services Police (GSP) is a civil police force which guards and enforces law on Ministry of Defence installations on Gibraltar. ...


The MDP has also provided police for the Pitcairn Islands from c2000.


In recent years the MDP have also provided officers to the United Nations Police in many locations around the world including Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Sudan. At the present time, approximately 90 MDP officers are deployed overseas, with the largest numbers in Kosovo and Iraq[4]. The MDP have recently provided training at the Baghdad Police Training Academy UN and U.N. redirect here. ... This article is about the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ MDPGA - Chief Executive's Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 2006, pp. 61, <http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/SecurityandIntelligencePublications/MDPGA/AnnualReports/MdpgaChiefExecutivesAnnualReportAndAccounts20052006.htm>
  2. ^ a b c d Button, Mark (2002). Chapter 5: "Specialised police organisations". In: Private Policing. Cullompton: Willan Publishing. ISBN 1-903240-52-2
  3. ^ MoD Police takes delivery of 21st Century Weapon. Government News Network. Retrieved on 2007-05-05.
  4. ^ Conference 2004 - Speech by Ivor Caplin MP, Under Secretary of State, MOD. Defence Police Federation. Retrieved on 2007-05-05.

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See also

There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... A Police Constable of West Yorkshire Police on patrol The United Kingdom (UK) does not have one single police service serving the general public; with the exception of various special police forces and of Northern Ireland (which has one unified force, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)), police forces... The Right Honourable Bruce Thomas George (born June 1, 1942, Wales) is the English member of Parliament for Walsall South. ...

External links

  • Ministry of Defence Police website

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Ministry of Defence Police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (947 words)
The Ministry of Defence Police was formed in 1971 by the merger of three civil constabularies, the Air Force Department Constabulary (AFDC), previously under the control of the Air Ministry, The Army Department Constabulary (ADC), previously under the control of the War Office, and the Admiralty Constabulary, previously under the control of the Admiralty.
Instead it is responsible for policing land, property, and personnel of the Ministry of Defence throughout the United Kingdom therefore all its officers are attested as constables in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Having full constabulary powers.
MDP officers have the powers of a constable outside of the Ministry of Defence estate when required, or when asked for assistance from their Home Office force colleagues.
The Ministry of Defence Police Appeal Tribunals Regulations 2004 (4500 words)
(2) The chairman of the police appeals tribunal must cause notice of the date of the hearing to be sent to the complainant at the same time as notice of it is sent to the appellant and the respondent under regulation 10(1).
These Regulations make provision for appeals to be made to Ministry of Defence Police appeal tribunals by members of the Ministry of Defence Police force ("the force"), for the appointment and composition of the tribunals and their procedure.
Regulation 19 requires the chairman of the Ministry of Defence Police appeal tribunals to prepare a statement of the tribunal's determination and the reasons for it and provides for copies of it to be given to parties.
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