What is the role of RMP!

#1
What exactly is the role of the RMP? It's in the top 5% of recruiting standards but has a very high PVR rate that is hidden by enlistment ratios! Is it a true policing organisation to soldiers and their families abroad, a support for combat or peace enforcement operations and if so why? Or is it struggling between the two for some form of identity that it has waited 10 years to know? Is it's continued existance based on SIB and CP employment role?
 
#2
When you find out, give me a shout because it baffled me for 22 years.
 
#4
Fedex99 said:
What exactly is the role of the RMP? It's in the top 5% of recruiting standards but has a very high PVR rate that is hidden by enlistment ratios! Is it a true policing organisation to soldiers and their families abroad, a support for combat or peace enforcement operations and if so why? Or is it struggling between the two for some form of identity that it has waited 10 years to know? Is it's continued existance based on SIB and CP employment role?
Soooo you were a monkey then ?
 
#6
Fedex99 said:
As was I Western towards the last 8-10 of my 22!
Saying that, if they ever did work it out they would be very good at it.
 
#8
I'm also in the REME and whatever price he gives you, I'll do it for less. I'll even throw in a free car freshner (one of those little tree ones which smell of pine).

You can't get quicker than a STAB F*ck fitter!
 
#9
StabTiffy2B said:
I for one have no idea about their 'normal' (ie not SIB, etc) role.
Which begs the question: In that case what is the basis of your opinions?
 
#10
western said:
Which begs the question: In that case what is the basis of your opinions?
Which opinions would those be?
 
#11
StabTiffy2B said:
Probably because they realised that the recruiter told them bollocks about being in the top 5% and they realise that they aren't?
That one
 
#12
Was meant tongue in cheek following the "top 5%" comment. I have no idea why or if shit loads of monkeys are PVRing.

I'll try and be less stupid in the future.
 
#13
Ta. I am a very simple man who spent a full career with RMP and can guess that they are leaving for all the same reasons that they always did. That in itself is a pity because despite the opinions of a lot of posters on this site there always is a large number of first class blokes (and blokesses) who leave as Corporals it is a real pity they can not be retained.
 
#14
Provost Training Manual
WO Code No 13772
1963 Edition

Part 1 - Peace

Chapter 1 Introduction

Section 1 The Role of the Royal Military Police in Peace

1. The role of the Royal Military Police in peace is to assist the Army in its training for war.

2. This function is implemented by assisting in the maintenance of morale and good discipline as follows:-

(a) The prevention of crime;

(b) The detection of crime and apprehension of offenders;

(c) Giving the maximum assistance to all servicemen, both on and off duty.

Part 2 goes on to deal with War but as I never got there in my 24 and a bit years service I never had recourse to that part.

I can only presume that we did our job so well in those days ('65 - '89) that no-one dared to take us on!!
 
#15
Cor! I remember that. Yeah well that was in one of the dusty Manuals on the tea stained shelf in the Duty Room. Never once saw anyone make reference to it especially the bit about assisting the Army or maintaining morale.
 
#16
You all obviously haven't seen the new RMP 'mantra' (roar) that clearly highlight the roles that RMP must undertake (investigations, CP, Force Protection) and those that should be undertaken (mentoring civ / mil pol forces, detainee handling).
 
#17
No I haven't but has anyone ever thought about whether these are appropriate roles and if there is the focus, skill and capability to undertake them. Or is it just a list of jobs the folks have been shafted with over the last few years?
A few of the more worrying ones:

Force Protection - Sounds like stagging on to me isn't that why we have a RAFP?

Mentoring CivPol - I'm not being nasty here but does the Corps really have the skill to do this especially with the draw down from Germany?
 
#19
And the most popular answers are?
 
#20
Been in a while and i'm still confused.

Example: Deployed on Telic 1 and our unit didn't really have a role. We stagged on protecting a corner of a camp with our 50 rounds, we conducted VCP's but had never received training in searching or what we were supposed to do when we found something. A lot of us felt totally untrained for it. The OC was just making things up for us to do and a SSgt pointded this out but was told to wind his neck in. Like night patrols of Safwan....and the purpose of these was exactly, well it wasn'a recce , fighting, or standing patrol becase that's not our job. It was called an int gatherng patrol, sounds similar to recce. Recce patrols must be prepared to fight and locate enemy positions. As I remember we had 120 rounds at this time no smoke, foss or grenades and most importantly no training in reacting to enemy attack.

You'll also notice most major exercises aren't scaled for RMP involvment.
 

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