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Corps of Military Police (CMP) is the military police of the Indian Army. In addition, the CMP is trained to handle prisoners of war and to regulate traffic, as well as to handle basic telecommunication equipment such as telephone exchanges. They can be identified by their red berets, white lanyards and belts, and they also wear a black brassard with the letters MP imprinted in red.

Corps of Military Police
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The logo of the Corps of Military police
Country India
Branch Indian Army
Size9,000 Personnel Approx
Regimental CentreBangalore, Karnataka
Motto(s)Seva Tatha Sahayata
AnniversariesOctober 18(Corps Raising Day)


Corps of Military Police (India) personnel patrolling the Wagah border crossing in Punjab in a Maruti Gypsy.
Military Police pillbox near Leh, Ladakh, India

The term 'red berets' is synonymous with the personnel of the elite corps of Military Police (CMP), since all ranks of this Corps adorn the exclusive red berets along with white belts to distinguish themselves from other Corps of Army. The role of this Corps is primarily to assist Army formations in maintaining a high standard of discipline of its troops, prevent breaches of various rules and regulations and to assist in the preservation of high morale of all ranks of the formation.



The First section of Indian Corps of Military Police was raised in July 1939,With the name of Force 4 Provost unit[1] and initially was part of the 4th Indian Infantry Division which was the first Indian Formation to be inducted in World War 2.The Provost section was raised by taking soldiers from the 7 and 11 Cavalry Regiment.The recorded date of raising the first Provost Unit is 28 August 1939 and the Unit served in campaigns of North Africa and Burma during the World War 2 and after the successful operations by this newly formed unit during these campaigns,the British Government of India formally sanctioned the formation of Corps of Indian Military Police on 7 July 1942.

Initially under the British rule, the Corps was known as 'Corps of Indian Military Police (CIMP)' and after the Freedom of India on 18 October 1947,the corps was re-designated and now is known as 'Corps of Military Police (CMP)',which is now celebrated as Corps Raising Day.[2]

Role and Task of Corps of Military PoliceEdit

  • Policing the Cantonments and Army Establishments
  • Maintenance of Order and Discipline in the cantonments,Army Establishments and to prevent the breach of Rules and Regulations of the Indian Army by the Soldiers serving in the Regular Army.
  • Maintaining the movements of Logistics,soldiers and vehicles in the cantonments during peace and war both times
  • Handling POWs
  • Controlling stragglers and refugees in war
  • Assistance to other regiments,soldiers and their families
  • Aid to Civil Police and is responsible to make liaison with Civil Police,Naval police, and Air Force police
  • Investigating Cases of the Indian Army
  • Providing pilot vehicles to Division Commanders,Corps Commanders,Army Commanders and COAS
  • Providing close protection to the Chief of Army Staff

UN MissionsEdit

Soldiers of the Corps served in Different UN Mission contingents at Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone,and are presently deployed in UNFIL, Lebanon and UNDOF and Golan heights.[3]


  1. ^ a b "CMP Indian Army". Army Quotes. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ Corps of Military Police - History, Indian Army
  3. ^ Corps of Military Police - UN Mission, Indian Army

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