PART A - MONITOR INSPECTIONS, BRIEFINGS, AND DEBRIEFINGS
a. The two types of formalized, daily inspections which are normally conducted before shift
changes are the personal appearance inspection and the vehicle and equipment inspection. Most MPs
take pride in belonging to a distinctive unit. If there are no inspections, some MPs will maintain high
standards, but others will soon appear sloppy and careless in their appearance and manner. Proper
appearance can only be maintained by frequent and thorough inspections. Inspections may be of two
types: daily or unannounced. Daily inspections are best for maintaining a consistently high standard of
appearance, but have an important disadvantage of taking valuable time from briefing. Unannounced
inspections are a satisfactory method of maintaining appearance if held frequently; and conducted in a
thorough manner. It is important that deficiencies noted during inspections be recorded and corrected.
b. Daily vigilance is necessary to keep patrol vehicles in good operating order. The patrol
vehicle can be the most valuable piece of equipment used by the MP and it is often the most neglected.
Inspections of vehicles should be conducted to assure that operator's maintenance is being performed
and recorded on the proper forms. Inspections should also include a check for uncorrected deficiencies
and those which have not been recorded by the operator. Cleanliness of vehicles is another important
consideration. Where supervised motor stable are regularly held, a daily inspection of vehicles may not
be necessary. Supervisors should continue, however, to check the vehicles for signs of laxness in
maintenance and cleanliness.
c. All MP equipment including first-aid kits, flares, shotguns, fire extinguishers, traffic accident
investigation kits, flashlights, and other items required in the operating SOP should be inspected for
serviceability and cleanliness. All deficiencies must be recorded. The MPs must be required to correct
d. As the PM operations or MP duty officer, ensuring a proper inspection is your responsibility.
Make sure the desk sergeant or patrol supervisor has inspected personnel and equipment. Check the
appearance of the MPs. Is the headgear, haircut, and uniform up to standard on each person? The
uniform' and leather gear must be inspected for general appearance, fit and serviceability. You must he
sure that weapons are checked for cleanliness and serviceability. This is very important. Weapon
cleanliness not only makes a good appearance, but is for the safety of the MP. Again, deficiencies in
appearances and/or equipment should be noted as they are found. Corrective action must be taken.
Briefing and Debriefing.
a. Prior to going out on patrol or assuming a fixed post, the MP should be as knowledgeable as
possible in order to perform police duties. One way the MP can acquire this knowledge is by a briefing
from the patrol supervisor before each shift change. The new shift should be briefed on special