Provost Branch

Provost Marshal (Army) & 1st Military Police Brigade

Provost Marshal (Army) & 1 MP Brigade

Provost Marshal (Army) & 1 MP Brigade form the Provost Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps. We are made up of 3 distinct organisations, the Royal Military Police (RMP), the Military Provost Staff (MPS) and the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS). Each organisation has its own cap badge, history, identity and specific roles and responsibilities.

Our branch comprises of almost 4300 Regular and Reserve Personnel, working alongside other Army units wherever the Army is based.

We provide military policing support to the Army in two key ways - Policing the Force, and providing Police Support to the Force.

Provost Marshal (Army) provide the 'Policing the Force' element, which includes activities concerned with investigations, custodial matters and security here in the UK. This is supported by our RMP Units, our specialist organisations (Special Investigations Branch and Specialist Operations Regiment), as well as the MPS for custodial matters and the MPGS for establishment security.

1 MP Brigade provide 'Police Support to the Force' at an operational level, usually overseas, and includes operational detention, support to security and stability policing. This is again supported by the RMP and MPS. The Brigade sits under the tactical command of 3 (UK) Div.


Royal Military Police

The Royal Military Police (RMP) has a regular manning liability of approximately 2500 personnel and are the Army's specialists in Investigations and Policing. They are responsible for policing the military community worldwide.

Royal Military Police


Military Provost Staff

The Military Provost Staff (MPS) are the Army's specialists in Custody and Detention, providing advice, inspection and surety.

Military Provost Staff


Military Provost Guard Service

The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) provides trained professional soldiers to meet Defence armed security requirements.

Military Provost Guard Service