Purple policemen ?

Discussion in 'The Fleet' started by whitemouse, Aug 17, 2010.

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  1. Expand the MOD Police, give it more duties (such as CP work and UK investigation) and get rid of the gate-lifting fairies that are the snowdrops.

    Keep the Army RMP and Navy Reggies due to the specialist nature of their work.
  2. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Seeing as this in "The Fleet" Rather than "Lil's" hopefully the conversation will remain suitably sensible... :wink:

    Anyway, apart from one or two misconceptions in the ARRSE thread above, the idea is not that controversial. We conduct our training with the RMP/RAFP and often serve with them in overseas theatres (Herrick, Cyprus, etc.). However each Branch of the Service Police has their own specialist skills which are not easily transferrable: the RMPs provide excellent CP and CHIS handling; the RAFP conduct Intelligence/Counter-Intelligence operations... and we sign Beer Chits on board! :lol:

    But seriously, we work alongside the other Branches where and when we can (not only because the RMP/RAFP have bigger budgets than us, so we can utilise their facilities at minimal cost). In theory there is no reason for a Red Cap or Snowdrop to work on board ship - or a Regulator to be attached to Section in theatre - but in practice, that is unlikely to happen. As Guns' and others comments on the other thread have mentioned, the fact that we are a sideways entry Branch means we have a significant amount of experience of the RN before we become Policemen - which is vital to life on board. Who would you rather have in the Mess; an old and bold Reggie who will turn a blind eye to banter to certain things (i.e. the fridge being open after 2230, etc.) or some 'teenage' RMP/RAFP JNCO who sees the Armed Forces Act and Standing Orders in black and white only, and wants to arrest the world? His days on board would be numbered, and would kill any moral and harmony in seconds.

    I know many here have a certain perception of what "we" do, but there is a lot going on in the background that many people (outside of the Executive Department) are not aware of. To be honest, I spend much of my time getting people out of the poo, rather than reaching for my Notebook and taking statements... :oops:

    I'm not looking for sympathy here, but sometimes it's better the Devil you know - you'll miss us when/if it happens... :cry: :thumbleft:
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    That's never gonna happen - the MDP (as a recognisable Police organisation) is due a significant change in forthcoming reviews. Watch this space... :cool:
  4. I concur with you on the fact that "Horses for Courses" are the way forward with service Police.
    I did a bit in the police years ago, and spent a time on attachment to British Transport Police. I had always thought of them as over rated and not worth the cost to maintain as (what is almost) a separate entity to the job. Having seen the specialisation and diversity of roll, it would cost millions to train ALL police as interchangeable personnel.

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