verbatim to the suspect. He is then asked to execute the waiver portion of the form documenting his
desires concerning questioning. If he consents to questioning the statement is recorded on the Sworn
Statement, DA Form 2823. Upon completion of the questioning, a MP Report (DA Form 3975) is filled
out. The required entries are made on the desk blotter and MP desk reference card.
After questioning, the PM decides whether or not to detain the person. If the person is detained, the PM
authorizes the detention either verbally or in writing. Written authorization is preferred.
c. If the decision is made by the PM or responsible MP to place an apprehended person in
detention, a thorough search must be made. Personnel conducting the search and those acting as
witnesses must be of the same gender as the person being searched. Upon conclusion of the body
search, the detainee may then be placed into the cell. Money, other valuables, and personal property
(other than individual clothing and wedding rings) are taken from the person. They are inventoried in
his presence and secured. He is given a receipt for all items taken. Items that could be used to inflict
bodily injury such as belts, shoelaces, neckties, garters, and suspenders are also taken from the detainee
if deemed necessary by the responsible MP. The desk blotter must reflect the reason for and time of
detention, plus the name of the person ordering detention. The reason for and degree of any use of force
required must also be recorded in either the MP blotter or the staff journal/duty officer's log (DA Form
d. Temporary detainees may be held in open areas. They must be observed at all times by the
desk sergeant, an armed guard, or closed-circuit television (CCT). If temporary detention is to last more
than 12 hours, food, water, and bedding facilities will be provided. Temporary detention shall not
exceed 24 hours. However, detention may be extended to 72 hours by the commander's instructions.
e. In all instances, men and women detainees must be held in separate cells. They are to be
provided with items to meet their personal needs. If medical care is required, a doctor must be provided.
The doctor must prepare a written statement on the subject's health after the examination or treatment. If
the suspect is held in an open area instead of a cell, ensure the offender is observed.
f. Other legal agencies should be contacted before making a final disposition decision about the
subject. Check for outstanding warrants and agencies that might want to question the suspect. If the
suspect is to be released to another agency or his unit, ensure a DD Form 629, Receipt for Prisoner or
Detained Person, is prepared. This form was discussed in Lesson 2 of this subcourse. The action taken
with a suspect is further documented on the Military Police Desk Blotter, DA Form 3997.
g. You should know who has jurisdiction to conduct the investigation. MPI or CID must be
notified if offense falls in their jurisdiction. Determine if special measures are needed to further process
the person. Some offenders require special measures when being processed. Juveniles, officers,