Direct MP to apprehend suspected violators if they are present on the scene.
Direct MP to administer first aid if there are injured persons at the scene.
Direct MP to temporarily collect identification of all persons on the scene,
then separate witnesses, victims, and persons who notified the MP.
Protect the crime scene.
Search the crime scene.
Each is discussed in detail below.
Apprehend Suspected Violators
Upon arrival at the scene of a crime, you must first be aware of violators.
Violators are the persons suspected of committing the crime.
They must be
apprehended. These persons may be referred to as the "primary participants" in a
crime or the "principals." The person who commits an offense is a principal.
person who aids or assists in an offense is also a principal.
The aider or
assistant to the crime shares the same criminal intent of the person who committed
An aider or assistant may counsel, command, or induce someone into
committing a crime. An aider may or may not be present at the scene of the crime
When apprehending suspected violators at the scene of the crime (if in fact
suspects are present), you need to consider the possible actions of those persons.
For example, if a weapon or assaulting force was used during the offense, you need
to take the necessary precautions to avoid injury to yourself and others present at
You must also consider the attitude of the persons to be apprehended.
individual appear angry or nervous? Does he appear violent?
You, as a military police officer, must adjust your approach according to the
suspected violator's attitude. Only then will you be able to deal with him in the
most efficient manner.
Consider the possible actions of any individuals in the immediate area.
Is there more than one suspect? Was the offense a type that might generate a crowd
uprising? All of these factors must be considered.
Finally, you must arrange to transport those persons
possible. If necessary, request additional MP patrols.