(e) Shift assignments can do much to motivate patrol personnel. Most shift patterns are
based on MP station needs. Personnel attending schools, with family problems, or who prefer working
odd hour shifts, can have their work preferences considered. However, such a plan can only be used in a
stabilized patrol shift.
(f) In starting up a shift preference plan, all personnel should identify the shift in which
they desire to work. Based on rank, time-in-grade, and efficiency of operations, the shifts are set up.
Guidelines must then be set to consider future requests for transfer to other shifts. Merit, seniority,
length of time on a shift, and discipline are some standards that have been used to govern transfers in
units using this plan. For the best shifts, a standing transfer list may have to be set up.
PART C - DETERMINE PROOF, RESPONSIBILITY, AND JURISDICTION
Proof of Crime.
a. As the PM operations officer (or duty officer), you must make sure there is proper proof that
a crime has been committed. You must review the procedures the desk sergeant takes in making the
b. The desk sergeant ensures a patrol has been dispatched as needed. He then collects all the
available information about the alleged offense/incident. The Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM) is used
to select terms to fully describe the offense. The crime may not fit any of the specifications. See if there
is a clear specification paragraph. Review the proof section under the title of the crime in Chapter 28 of
c. The desk sergeant then verifies the crime title with the Staff Judge Advocates (SJA) office.
These steps must be followed to set a complete and accurate charge. Failure to do so could jeopardize
the outcome of the case.
a. As the PM operations officer, you must determine the proper authority of jurisdiction and
investigation of reported offenses. The desk sergeant actually performs this task. You must see that it is
b. The coordination of MP operations with those of other branches of the service, and of other
interested police organizations is the responsibility of the PM. This requires an understanding of
jurisdiction, authority, scope and methods of MP operations, and the interest of other agencies in those
operations. The MP station SOP should state how coordination is to be done and the parts each MP will
c. Continuous liaison and coordination are essential for efficient and effective MP operations.
This liaison should be with Navy Shore Patrol, Air Force, Security Police, federal, state, and local law
enforcement agencies, as required.