The RMP exist in order to deploy. We are a Regulatory body with exclusive investigative and policing skills and competencies, undertaking military tasks complementary to our specialist role. Our core tasks are to 'police the Force and provide police support to the Force'.
We are distinct from our civilian counterparts as we have unique operational tasks that have no equivalence in civil society. The RMP deploy as part of the field army, both at home and overseas, in support of the full spectrum of conflict, conflict prevention and post conflict operations.
Whilst other agencies can, and do investigate crime committed by or against members of the Defence Department, it is the Service Police alone who have the unique capability to deliver the full range of policing functions, throughout the spectrum of conflict, at home and abroad. The policing capability required by the Army in the UK, Germany and other overseas Stations is provided by the RMP.
A career in the Royal Military Police is varied and extremely challenging. On joining the RMP everyone undertakes General Police Duties (GPD). GPD provide Garrison Policing, 24 hour manned Police Stations in larger garrisons and support the military on operations. They investigate crimes ranging from thefts to assaults, conduct arrests, searches and basic crime scenes.
There are opportunities to specialise in fields such as Special Investigations (the military equivalent of the CID), Close Protection, Covert Operations and Intelligence. The opportunities include full time regular and Army Reserve service.
The role of the RMP JNCO forms the basis from which all routine Military Provost activity is provided to the Army. Trade training includes police duties and law, including interviewing techniques, basic forensic awareness, driver training and personal safety training with the use of baton and handcuffs. Upon successful completion of trade training soldiers are promoted into the rank of Lance Corporal. The RMP JNCO contributes to the MP role of ‘Police the Force’ through the conduct of Policing and Investigations. Once competent in the investigative role RMP soldiers have the opportunity to specialise in a number of MP capabilities.
The role of an RMP Junior Officer is to command, control and coordinate the tactical implementation and delivery of generalist MP support, across the full range of MP Functions, within the construct of a General Police Duty Company. An RMP Junior Officer will possess the necessary command skills and understanding, commensurate to their rank, to deliver, coordinate and direct Military Provost activities effectively and with a degree of autonomy when dislocated from the primary chain of command.
RMP Reserves are highly trained people who work closely with their Regular Army counterparts on exercise and during operations. The RMP Reserve are trained to undertake a variety of challenging roles providing military police support to the Army.
For all general Police enquiries and matters relating to crime please contact the Service Police Crime Bureau (SPCB) Operations Room (24 Hour).
For information on joining the Royal Military Police and Royal Military Police Reserves please contact our Recruiting Team.