g. Desk personnel furnish routine information assistance to military and civilian personnel in
accordance with the SOP issued by the PM. This is provided on such matters as the location of points of
military interest, transportation, communications and recreational centers, and weather and, road
conditions. Classified defense information may be released to properly cleared identified persons, only
when they have an official need to know.
h. The MP station may operate information centers in transportation terminals, at centers of
troop concentration, on main traffic arteries, and within or at entrances to military installations. These
centers provide information similar to that furnished by the desk sergeant of the MP station.
i. MPs assigned to traffic control posts, gate duties, and foot and motor patrols should be
briefed on the information they are authorized and expected to furnish. Maps and informational material
that will enable them to answer questions not covered in their briefings should be furnished.
Serious Incident Determination.
a. The PM operations officer is responsible for determining a serious incident and reporting it.
In a previous lesson, we briefly discussed the completion of an SIR and how to file the report, DA Form
173/1. To identify a serious incident, it was noted that a category 1 is an incident which, in the opinion
of the installation commander, is of immediate concern to the DA or the Department of Defense (DOD).
b. Category 2 is an incident which is of immediate concern to the DA or the DOD. Category 3
incidents are of concern to the DA, but not as time-sensitive as categories 1 and 2. To help in selecting
the proper category for an incident, you can refer to AR 190-40. Proper notification of an SIR must be
in accordance with local policy.
PART D - MONITOR PROCESSING OF OFFENDERS
a. As the operations officer, you are ultimately responsible for processing offenders. It is a task
delegated to the desk sergeant. You must ensure the desk sergeant and MPs protect the offender's rights.
Proper legal procedure must be observed. Failure to follow legal procedures can ruin a case. Statements
can be discussed and offenders can be released if legal procedures are not followed.
b. Upon apprehension, the offender must be informed of his constitutional rights. All offenders
have the right to remain silent, have legal counsel present, and to stop answering questions at any time.
The MPs and the desk sergeant should read these rights word-for-word to the offender from the Rights
Warning Procedure/Waiver Certificate, DA Form 3881. The offender must be advised of his
constitutional rights by the apprehending MP at the earliest practical time. It is not necessary for the
warning to be given prior to a lawful search. Correct use of DA Form 3881 requires the warning to be