The United States Military Police
By: Christopher Regno
Each branch of the military of the United States maintains its own military police force. Military Police Corps is the United States Army. Provost Marshal's Office is the United States Marine Corps. Personnel assigned to the Master-at-Arms branch aided by temporary members of the Shore Patrol is the United States Navy. Air Force Security Forces, formerly called the Security Police and before that, the Air Police, is the United States Air Force. Each service also maintains uniformed civilian police departments. They are referred to as Department of Defense Police (DOD Police). These police fall under each directorate they work for within the United States Department of Defense, for example: DOD Army or DOD Navy Police. There is in fact one United States Department of Defense police agency, the United States Pentagon Police, of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. They are the police force of the Secretary of Defense and the federal police force for the Department of Defense, which includes The Pentagon and various other DOD locations within the National Capital Region (NCR). The Department of Defense Guard, Department of the Army (DA) Police, or Department of the Army Guard are examples of other DOD Army police. The police officers' duties are similar to those of local civilian police officers. They enforce the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Federal, State Laws and the regulations of their particular installation.
Criminal investigations in the United States Armed Forces are carried out by separate agencies. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) (for both the Navy and Marine Corps), the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), with unit-level investigations conducted by Army Military Police Investigators (MPI), and the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) is a...