Military police independence
L Mowday made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Y Weinyddiaeth Amddiffyn
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My reference: LSM/FOI/120909/02
Background. Royal Military Police (RMP) soldiers' and officers' appraisal reports are routinely written by their superiors in the mainstream Army, despite the fact that the RMP may be investigating colleagues of senior officers in that mainstream Army. These appraisal reports are the means by which soldiers' and officers' careers, assignments, promotions, and 'contract extensions' are determined. Furthermore, under section 3 of the Armed Forces Act 2011, the head of the Royal Military Police (the 'Provost Marshall) is responsible to the Defence Council, which includes the chiefs of the Armed Forces. In the event of alleged serious misconduct, the chiefs of the Armed Forces are concerned, inter alia, with maintaining military morale and minimising damage to the Armed Forces's reputation
Further to s1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
Please provide all documentation regarding possible options for greater RMP independence from the Army chain of command, including but not exclusive to analyses conducted in the aftermath of the deaths of young recruits at Deepcut, the killings by Parachute Regiment personnel of joyriders in Kosovo, and the killing of Baha Mousa and allegations regarding the killing of multiple Iraqi prisoners in the aftermath of the so-called "Danny Boy incident", and alternative models for military policing such as a fully-independent police force outwith the MOD's control. Please include, where held, any comparative examples of military policing in other countries.
My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.
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I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.
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