A Question for the RMP

This is not important just an interest question, Im a TA and work closely with the CivPol in my day job. The RMP obviously work closely with CivPol in many areas.

When the RMP patrol on Public order. They are equipped with the Extendable Hitting Sticks Cuffs and a few other bits.

Obviously their primary role is to keep an eye on the Squaddies but what are their rights when it comes to Civvies? Would these guys get done for assault if they deployed there batons or Cuffs on civvies?

CivPol Officers obviously have to step in to prevent crimes in progress, do the RMP have the same obligation when it comes to civvies?

I have asked a few CivPol Officers what they think would happen and its all mixed messages, anyone got a Gospel Answer?
RMP are covered under the same law as CivPol (and UK citizens), provided that a person is qualifed and in date for carrying that piece of equipment and was using it as such described below

Section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 provides:

(1) A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime, or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders or of persons unlawfully at large.
(2) Subsection (1) above shall replace the rules of the common law on the question when force used for a purpose mentioned in the subsection is justified by that purpose.

Section 97 Armed Forces Act 2006 is more specific to RMP

Where a power is conferred on any person by or under this Part, he may use reasonable force, if necessary, in the exercise of the power.

Would be used in exactly the same manor as Sec 3 CLA 67.

Hope this helps.


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