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The Special Investigation Branch (SIB) is the name given to the detective branches of all four British military police arms: the Royal Navy Regulating Branch, Royal Marines Police, Royal Military Police and Royal Air Force Police. It is most closely associated with the Royal Military Police, which has the largest SIB. SIB members usually operate in plain clothes, although they may wear uniform when serving overseas. All members are senior non-commissioned officers (sergeants or petty officers or above) or commissioned officers. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Gendarmerie be merged into this article or section. ... 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 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. ... A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or noncom, is a non-commissioned member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. ... Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... A Petty Officer is a noncommissioned officer or equivalent in many navies. ... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ...

Although an SIB appears to have existed in the British Army of the Rhine in Germany between 1919 and 1926, the origins of the army's SIB are really in 1940, when twenty Scotland Yard detectives were enlisted in the Corps of Military Police to deal with the pilfering of military stores within the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France. The unit was formed on the recommendations of Detective Chief Inspector George Hatherill (who later went on to investigate the serial killerrs John Reginald Christie and John George Haigh, and the Great Train Robbery) and command was given to Detective Superintendent Clarence Campion, head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Record Office, who was commissioned as a Major. Campion was hit in the head by shrapnel during the Dunkirk evacuation and died on 20 May 1940, the only SIB casualty of the BEF. After this beginning, the SIB was established on a full-time basis. There have been two formations named British Army on the Rhine (BAOR). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ... The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was the British army sent to France and Belgium in World War I and British Forces in Europe from 1939–1940 during World War II. The BEF was established by Secretary of State for War Richard Haldane following the Second Boer War in case the... Chief Inspector (Ch Insp) is a rank in British Police forces. ... John Reginald Halliday Christie was a British serial killer in the 1940s and 50s. ... John George Haigh (July 24, 1909–August 10, 1949) was a serial killer in England in the 1940s. ... The Great Train Robbery was the name given to a £2. ... Superintendent (Supt. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... A sectioned Shrapnel shell displayed at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa For other uses, see Shrapnel (disambiguation). ... This article is about a Second World War battle in 1940, for the 1658 battle of the same name see Battle of the Dunes (1658) Combatants United Kingdom France Belgium Germany Commanders Lord Gort General Weygand Gerd von Rundstedt (Army Group A) Ewald von Kleist (Panzergruppe von Kleist) Strength approx. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ...

The RMP SIB now consists of about two hundred personnel, including Scenes of Crime Officers and forensic technicians. It is divided into numbered units called Sections (for instance, 33 Section SIB RMP), which are subdivided into Detachments, each usually commanded by a Warrant Officer Class 2. There is a section or detachment on most major British Army stations. There is also a Territorial Army section, made up entirely of people who are CID officers in civilian police forces during their everyday lives. The Headquarters SIB RMP is at Campion Lines in Bulford, Wiltshire. Within the RMP, SIB is known as 'the Branch'. A Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) (pronounced SOCK-oh) is an officer who gathers forensic evidence for the British police. ... Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ... Two Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers. ... In the United Kingdom the Territorial Army is a part of the British Army composed of reserve units, or part-time soldiers. ... 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. ... Bulford is a village and civil parish in the Salisbury of Wiltshire, England, close to Salisbury Plain. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ...

The SIB was recently subject to an inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). The Armed Forces Bill 2006 seeks to require the SIB to refer investigations into inherently serious crimes directly to the Army Prosecutions Authority (APA) rather than to commanding officers.[1] Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary is the name used for bodies responsible for the inspection of police forces in the United Kingdom. ... The Army Prosecuting Authority (APA) is an agency of the British Ministry of Defence. ...


  1. ^ HMIC Inspection of Royal Military Police - Special Investigations Branch

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