I would agree however the first comment is slightly out of date MDP comes under the MoD Police Act 1987 and in that it gives the same powers of arrest as the local police if its not practical to secure the attendance of the local Home office police. In practice if out and about on patrol and the officers see's a car driving recklessly then they can deal accordingly or if once they have seen the car and contacted the local control room and they ask MDP to deal then that covers the MDP police powers wise. The person being dealt with will be dealt with the same as they would have done by the local police but in reporting up their own CoC they have to fill in a form (yes another form) of what happened and what powers were used this is used in the annual report to parliament by the chief constable. Basically MDP have there own areas to police but if something happens in front of them they are fully covered by the law in the office of constable.topcat said:Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) are a recognised Police Force although with slightly limited powers of arrest, they are used for a varying amount of duties ithat would be expected of a local police force they could be manning a gate at a sensative sites, they could be dealing with crime prevention/motoring offences as well as more specialist duties such as CID/Fraud/SOCO they are also responsible for the escort of nuclear convoys.
They hold full police powers and warrant cards, in garrison towns they are more often than not working in direct contact with the local Plod.
As I say the MDP are a recognised police force and can in someways be compared to other such forces like the British Transport Police &Civil Nuclear Police they are able to deal with arrests etc that are not Miliitary specific.
RMP DO NOT hold the authority on UK mainland to carry out NON Military arrests and will only deal with Military Specific issues.
MPGS are a Armed Security Service to guard Military establishments, no power of arrest.