DETERMINE INVESTIGATIVE RESPONSIBILITY/JURISDICTION
In this lesson you will learn the sources, range and limits of your power to
enforce the law.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Determine Investigative Responsibility/Jurisdiction.
You will have this subcourse, pencil, and paper.
To demonstrate competency of this task you must achieve a minimum
score of 70 percent on the subcourse examination.
One of the first things that a military law enforcement officer must learn and
understand is the range and limits of his power to enforce the law.
will teach you what you can and cannot do. It will show you where you can operate
and the sources of your power.
Remember, however, that the situation may differ
from one military installation to another. Before starting duties at a new post,
therefore, you should have a good working knowledge of local laws and policies that
relate to your authority and to your jurisdiction.
Additionally, you need to
understand the different laws which operate on and off of a military installation,
and the limits of court-martial jurisdiction.
Since you are a representative of
the military justice system, it is necessary for you to understand the basic
framework of that system. Out in the field, suspects may challenge your authority.
You must, therefore, know just what your authority is.
Uncertainty on your part
may produce disaster.