Royal Military Police Training

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Royal Military Police Training
The RMP Close Protection personnel protect VIPs, including high-ranking government officials. (the houses of parliament image by Aleksey Trefilov from Fotolia.com)

The Royal Military Police (RMP) are the British Army's policing division. They police the military community wherever in the world they may be stationed. According to the British Army's website, the RMP consists of more than 1,800 personnel, who provide police services at garrisons and military bases and support the military wherever they are on operations.

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Training

As with all British Army officers, RMP commissioned officers attend the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. All other ranks undertake Phase 1 of the Common Military Recruiting Syllabus at Pirbright Army Training Regiment. They will undergo the basic training of all British Army recruits before being assigned to the RMP and undertaking specialised training.

College

All police personnel of the British military can take training courses at the Defence Police College of Policing and Guarding (DCPG) in Southwick Park. RMP personnel who have successfully completed Phase 1 training at Pirbright then move to the DCPG to complete Phase 2 police training. They may also continue to the Phase 3 investigators course and Phase 4 crime scene management course.

Specialities

Once in the RMP, personnel can choose between three specialities: the Special Investigation Branch (SIB), Close Protection (CP) and the Provost. The SIB is concerned with investigations pertaining to resolving crimes, while the CP provides operatives to protect high-ranking military personnel, government officials, state visitors and the royal family. The Provost is responsible for custodial services, detention and guarding.

Physical Training

RMP personnel are trained to reach and maintain a high standard of fitness. RMP standards include running 1 1/2 miles in 10 1/2 minutes for males and 13 minutes for females. Males must complete 44 push-ups and females must complete 21 push-ups in two minutes and both males and females must complete 50 sit-ups in two minutes. Agility is tested by means of an obstacle course. Additionally, personnel will undertake physical combative training and tactics.

Ongoing Training

Training development advisers from the Army's Education and Training Services Division work with RMP personnel to provide them with customised advice in military training, education and professional development. The advisers also assist personnel in gaining valuable training, such as business management courses, for when they leave military service and seek civilian employment.

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