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Military Provost Staff

The Military Provost Staff are the Army's specialists in Custody and Detention, providing advice inspection and surety within custodial establishments. They are under direct command of Provost Marshal (Army) and are based primarily at the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) at Colchester from where they deploy regularly in support of operations.

MCTC is subject to regular independent review by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) and detention arrangements in operational theatres are inspected by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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Role of the MPS

The MPS, are distinct from their civilian counterparts in HM Prison Service. Manned wholly by volunteer transfers from the Armed Services, their main task is to provide rehabilitation training within a secure environment for Service personnel who are either to be retained in the Service or be dismissed.

The manning of the detention companies within the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC), Service Custody Facilities and the provision of Corrective training and Rehabilitation to service personnel under sentence is their main role at home.

Outside MCTC they provide a custodial service to the Forces conducting mandatory inspections of Unit custody facilities, and provide CPERS training to the rest of the forces.

The MPS also provide the Unit Custody Staff Course (UCSC), which trains unit custody staff personnel in the operation of unit custody facilities.

Critically the MPS also provide operational support through the provision of advice on CPERS handling through the Provost staffs. They provide the technical advice and monitor the CPERS in custody.

Like the RMP, the MPS operational role in Peace Support Operations (PSO) has historically sent them to deal with the myriad of custodial issues that affect host nations in the event of the collapse of Law and Order.

In recent history MPS have been responsible for the provision of custodial facilities for indigenous criminals and internees. In Iraq they were responsible for the regeneration of the Iraqi Custodial System. The MPS are deployed today providing technical custodial advice in Afghanistan.

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