Special Investigations Branch (SIB)
The SIB deal with offences or incidents reported to the RMP that by their nature, gravity or complexity, require investigation by more specially trained personnel. These investigations usually fall into the category of Serious or Complex Crime but may also include certain minor crimes afforded ‘Special Investigation’ status because of their sensitivity or other surrounding circumstances. The role of the SIB is equally as applicable on operations overseas as it is here in the UK.
Close Protection Unit (CPU)
Close Protection (CP) is defined as the preventative and reactive measures taken by trained personnel to protect a person who is specifically or generally at threat from assassination, kidnapping, terrorism or other illegal acts. The Close Protection Unit provides specialist CP support to Senior Military Officers and Senior Government Officials to enable their freedom of movement and protection in high threat environments overseas. Within this, CP Teams’ roles and responsibilities include operational planning, conducting reconnaissance, liaison and providing individually assigned bodyguards, personal escort sections, security advance parties and residential security teams. RMP CPU is the NATO lead on CP capability development.
The Multimedia & Evidential Imagery Team (MEIT) works with digital multimedia evidence (DME) in support of Service Police investigations. From enhancing CCTV footage retrieved at a crime scene, to digitally illustrating injuries on a 3d model, a role within MEIT is both intense and varied. Typical responsibilities include:
- Processing CCTV footage – including enhancement, and production of still images.
- Crime Scene Replication – using 360 photography, laser scanning and 3d modelling.
- Body Injury Mapping – to illustrate the result of complex medical testimony and show the impact of injuries on a victim.
- Video Reconstruction – of events and locations pertinent to an investigation.
The Cyber Crime Centre (3C) is the RMP's digital forensic capability and acts as a centre of technical expertise for cyber-crime within the Service Police. As electronic devices increasingly embed themselves into modern culture, the opportunities for recovering digital evidence are ever present. Similarly, the fast progression of technology means that 3C must continually train and adapt to meet the pace of innovation and invention. Typical responsibilities include:
- Exploitation of digital devices for evidence, using specialised hardware and software.
- Analysis of recovered data and the production of detailed forensic reports to aid Service Police investigations.
- 24/7 advisory service to Service Police Investigators in the field and provision of expert opinion at Courts Martial.
Operations Room: The Operations Room is manned 24/7, 365 days a year, by a tri-service Service Police contingent. They provide a central focal point for all 'Requests For Information' on past and current serving members of the forces. The Ops Room have access to a vast number of databases and external information sources providing vital information to assist investigations and Intelligence Led Policing Operations worldwide.
Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB): The FIB is the main point of contact for all intelligence for the Royal Navy and Army. They assist in establishing an accurate picture of current and emerging trends and are responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence. With access to numerous Military and Civilian databases they can incorporate many avenues of investigation, including Communications Data, International Liaison, and Offender Intelligence. Analysis of intelligence and data is conducted with Service Police units, in order to produce a product that is ready for Court-Martial.