Military police (MP) are police organizations connected with, or part of, the military of a state. The word can have different meanings in different countries, and may refer to:
- a section of the military solely responsible for policing the armed forces (referred to as provosts)
- a section of the military responsible for policing in both the armed forces and in the civilian population (most gendarmeries, such as the French Gendarmerie)
- a section of the military solely responsible for policing the civilian population (such as the Romanian Gendarmerie)
- the preventative police forces of each Brazilian state (Policia Militar), responsible for policing the civilian population, which become auxiliary forces of the Brazilian Army in time of war
The status of military police is usually prominently displayed on the helmet and/or on an armband, brassard, or arm or shoulder flash. In the Second World War, the military police of the German Army still used a metal gorget as an emblem.
Naval police are sometimes called "masters-at-arms".
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... The Military Police carries out military discipline and ensuring lawful provision functions with the right to perform investigations and operational activities ... It safeguards military and strategically important sites, provides escort and security of military transport columns, military cargoes, as well as of state and foreign officials ... The Military Police provides for the exchange of classified materials between the state institutions of Latvia, institutions of NATO member states and other competent foreign institutions ...
... United States military police are prohibited from enacting state police powers and domestic peace officer powers under the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law passed in 1878 ... federal property not necessarily within the boundaries of their military base or installation ... The only way MPs are allowed to enforce law and order outside of the military realm as stated above is when martial law is in effect ...
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... Latvian Military Police (Latvian Militārā Policija (MP)) provide military discipline and legal order ... the Latvian Security Service in 2009, the Military Police is also responsible for security of the Parliament and the President of Latvia ...
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