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Military Police Corps (Ireland)

The Military Police Corps (MP) (Irish: Cór Póiliní an Airm, PA)[1] is the corps of the Irish Army, a branch of the Irish Defence Forces, responsible for the provision of policing service personnel and providing a military police presence to forces while on exercise and deployment. Its tasks increase during wartime to include traffic control organisation and POW and refugee control. The Military Police are distinguished from other units by their wearing of a red beret.

Irish Army Military Police Corps
Irish: Cór Póiliní an Airm
Badge of the Irish Military Police Corps.svg
Active1 October 1924 – present
Country Ireland
BranchArmy
TypeMilitary police
RoleEnforcement of military law
Size4 companies
1st Brigade Military Police Company - Cork
2nd Brigade Military Police Company - Dublin
Defence Forces Training Centre Military Police Company - Kildare
Military Police Government Buildings Company - DFHQ/Dublin
Part ofBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Defence Forces
Motto(s)Steadfast and Vigilant
Insignia
Military Police BeretIrish Military Police beret.png
Irish Military Police Section, 47th Infantry Group of UNIFIL in Lebanon
Military Police Corps motorcycle outrider

The Military Police enjoy a close working relationship with the Garda Síochána, the civil police force of Ireland, at both national and local levels with the Gardaí providing specialist training to the Military Police in criminal investigation.

Irish Military Police are armed with the Steyr AUG assault rifle and Heckler & Koch USP service pistol.

The Corps has three regular army companies, and one special purpose company:

The two brigade companies provide general policing support to each of the army's territorial brigades. The DFTC company provides similar support to the Defence Forces Training Centre.

The Air Corps and Naval Service now have Military Police Sections dressed in their own distinctive uniforms.

The Irish Army reduced to a two brigade structure in 2012, and the Military Police have also been reduced, based in the 1st Southern and 2nd Northern Brigades.

Units disbanded in the Defense Forces Re-organisation of 2012:

  • 4th Brigade Military Police Company (2012)
  • Military Police Section, Air Corps. Attached Irish Air Corps (2012)
  • Military Police Section, Naval Service. Attached Irish Naval Service (2012)
  • 31st Reserve Military Police Company (2012)
  • 54th Reserve Military Police Company (2012)
  • 62nd Reserve Military Police Company (2012)

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