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  • culbyak
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    Being a current MP at Quantico I think I can answer your question.

    Someone said MP stands for Multipurpose....This is MP's in a nutshell.

    We stand gate, patrol, answer calls, write tickets, provide escorts, and investigate crimes, just like any other agency. But unlike other civilian agencies we also must keep up with our Marine Corps duties, such as rifle range, swim qual, gas chamber, and physical fitness.....which are mostly accomplished on our time off. If you want more info PM me.

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  • Bob A
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    Their mission is constantly evolving. That's what an MP friend emailed me about this topic. He siad MP means MultiPurpose, and that means that they get assigned to do whatever the command needs done.

    From personal experience...

    Do they patrol? If you mean like uniformed patrol in a city PD, yes. However, when I was at Camp Lejeune (Nov '87 til Mar '92) they only had about 4 or 5 units to do this with and Lejeune is a big place. They had MPs on all 3 gates 24/7 also.

    From talking to a couple of people at PMO, they seemed to spend most of their time handling domestic problems in base housing, and DUI/DWI drivers on the base.

    During Desert Storm they handled tactical movements. IOW, they managed convoys and traffic. I even got a speeding ticket over there. They also were responsible for the POWs we encountered. We would segregate the officers, and place them under guards and turn them over to the division's MPs.

    Also, the division band (Yes band, like musicians) are the division CP guard force. MPs handle security and the Provost Marshall oversees the duties of the guard force.

    Hope this helps.

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  • 209
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    Back in the '70s, when I was in, the MPs did everything. Some of them worked as base police, guarding gates, traffic enforcement, etc. Some were in field units where their job was traffic control points for convoys, guarding higher echolon field HQs, guarding POWs. It all depended on what they got assigned to. Back then, I'm pretty sure they went to the US Army MP school for training.

    One humorous (or sad) thing I remember about MCB Camp Pendleton MPs: It seems they Commanding General was afraid the MPs would use their sidearms inappropiately (they still carried .45s). So the pistol was carried with an empty chamber and the hammer was safety-wired. Break the safetywire and you had a lot of explaining to do.

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  • LeeRoy
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    Sorry 10-98. I couldn't resist

    Another question you want to ask is if Marine MP's have the combat field MP mission that Army MP's do.

    The short story is that Army MP's have field duty and garrison duty. Garrison duty means acting like a cop/security guard on base.

    Field duty is a combat mission. Army MP's are responsible for policing in the field behind friendly lines in wartime and they respond to incursions of enemy troops such as airborne drops and guerillas and engage them in battle until the Infantry can be mobilized.

    If you are getting into MP's to prepare for a LE career you may want to take into consideration you may get put in a field untit that will do much less to prepare you for LE than a garrison unit.

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  • Solly
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    Sorry. I hit the wrong button. As I was saying, Marines MP are just like the other services. They handle all functions of Law Enforcement, plus some other stuff.

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  • Solly
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    I was in the Corps in the early 80's. I wasn't a Marine MP but I was Naval Air Facility Security Police on Andrews Air Force Base (I know. Very confusing but at the time half of the base was a Naval Air Facility - so they had their own PD). We enforced the local civilian laws and the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice). We did uniformed patrols, building checks, searches & seizure and other "special details."
    On a regular Marine base, I think the M.P.s do it all. They guard the gates, patrol, investigations,...everything - like a small city. But they are responsible for things like armories,

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  • MadMax
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    10-98,
    Why don't you ask your local Marine recruiter. But one thing, make damn sure you call him MARINE and not mainre.

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  • Jim Burnes
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    Let's get a Marine up front here! If I (a retired soldier) had to answer, I'd say: Hell, yes, Marines are coppers. They enforce the rules and regulations of the Corps, local laws as applicable and fer sure are real cops.

    Jim Burnes

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  • 10-98
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    what are some of the specifics? for instance, do they do patrols or only guard gates? do they handles corrections and court security? is it anything like "real" police work, or is it more of a glorified security guard? what are some of the laws they typically enforce? is there anything along the lines of investigative work?

    [ 11-20-2002, 06:43 PM: Message edited by: 10-98 ]

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  • CinaC
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    Marine Military Police police the military Marines.

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  • 10-98
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    DOH!!! i fixed it.

    anyone wanna give me a straight answer???

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  • Bill R
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    I did

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  • txinvestigator1
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    LMAO @ Lee Roy

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  • CinaC
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    I did.

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  • Steve in PA
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