authority for the royal military police to 'police' in mainland uk
john randall made this Freedom of Information request to The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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Dear Sir or Madam,
the royal military police (rmp) are not a statutory police agency nor do they have any jurisdiction over civilians or dependants in mainland uk.
why are they authorised to travel on public roads in marked police vehicles with blue lights, on whose authority are they purporting to be police officers?
who authorises them to carry quik-cuffs and batons in towns and cities in the uk?
why are they represented on acpo homicide working group?
why have they got access to pnc?
who actually regulates them?
with the introduction of the armed forces act in november 2009 they apparently will be able to deal with murder and rape in mainland uk, surely after there total incompetance at deepcut this decision must be reviewed?
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am still awaiting a response in relation to my FoI request with regards the jurisdiction and other matters relating to the Royal Military Police role in mainland UK and their membership to ACPO Homicide.
Who authorise them to be portrayed as Police Officers within mainland UK?
Thank you for your email.
Having spoken to our Freedom of Information Unit in Hampshire I have been advised that you contact the Ministry of Defence on 01371-854301 who may be of assistance to you or look at their website www.ministryofdefence.co.uk regarding your request.
Dear ACPO Patsy Wills,
The Ministry of Defence Police cannot assist me with this matter.
Although the Royal Military Police are part of the MOD they are not managed nor regulated by the MOD Police.
Therefore, I submit a further request to ACPO as to what authority authorises the RMP to utilise marked police vehicles in mainland UK and the authority to carry quik cuffs and batons, when they have absolutely no jurisdiction to do so.
If ACPO does not authorise this who does? Thank yo
Dear Mr Randal
In response to your email dated 28th July 2009 concerning the use by the Royal Military Police (RMP) of marked vehicles, blue lights and sirens and their carriage of personal protective equipment for performance of their police duties.
In answer to your first question concerning the use of warning instruments on vehicles it is the Department of Transport who give authority to organisations to use vehicles with visible and audible warning instruments and it is this Department that have access to the detailed information you seek. A request for information should be sent to them in the first instance.
In respect of the second question, the carriage of expandable batons and rigid handcuffs (mechanical restraints) for use by Service Police duty personnel (providing that individuals have been properly trained) is a matter for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and was authorised on 1 May 1997 (MOD ministerial approval having been secured on 6 Feb 1996). Any request for further information should be made directly to the MOD.
Sent a follow up to The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland again.
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