with the available data. It is prepared on all complaints received and incidents observed or reported to
the MPs. Do not include routine traffic and minor violations noted where corrective action is a verbal
warning. DA Form 3975 is also prepared in every case where an apprehension is made, or a military
person is returned to U.S. Army control from another apprehending agency.
c. The MP report is begun right after receipt of information unless instant police action is
required. Prompt attention to the report, whenever possible, assures complaints are recorded,
systematically assigned for follow-up, disposed of or referred, and posted to the Military Police Desk
Blotter, DA Form 3997. The blotter is prepared as the daily chronological record of all police activities.
It is developed from complaints, reports, and incidents.
d. The operations section of the PMO determines the daily required distribution of personnel.
The number of personnel by grade, job assignment, and required skill, normally is given to the MP unit
commander 24 hours before their employment. The unit commander assigns personnel to their duties,
subject to approval of the officer in charge of the MP station.
e. Personnel report for duty to a designated officer or NCO. The desk sergeant gives all
personnel their specific duty assignments. Personnel are inspected and briefed on the situation by the
duty officer, the desk sergeant, or patrol supervisor. The patrol supervisors take charge of patrol
personnel going on duty.
continuous development of technical skills through on-the-job training. Personnel should be paired with
those with more experience. Duty assignments should be appropriate to grades. Personnel must be
trained to ensure they are qualified for assignment according to their grade.
g. The officer in charge of the MP station, assisted by the desk sergeant, coordinates the patrol
activities. The missions and the priorities of effort of each mission should reflect this coordination.
When a temporary change in a mission is made verbally, it should be noted in the journal.
h. Enforcement activities are coordinated through radio and other means of communication.
Patrol supervisors, using the patrols in their areas, direct and coordinate the missions. If two or more
patrol supervisors are directed to operate in a joint effort, the desk sergeant designates a leader.
i. Patrol personnel should be familiar with adjacent patrol routes, foot patrol areas that may
need reinforcement, and recent problems and criminal activities within their general area of patrol.
j. Your duty is to coordinate the patrol activities. Make sure the desk sergeant assigns a
priority to each mission given to the patrols. Some incidents require prompt action and reporting. It is
impossible to dispatch a patrol for every complaint received. Sometimes the desk sergeant can get