This agency has two major elements, The Ministry of Defence
Police and the Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency:
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE POLICE (MDP)
The MDP has its headquartered at Wethersfield, in Essex, and
is deployed across the British Isles at over 100 MoD sites
from Culdrose in Cornwall to the Clyde in Scotland.
Organised into five divisional commands, with headquarters
at York, Aldershot, Aldermaston, Foxhill and the Clyde Naval
Base, the personnel total is approximately 3,400.
The majority of MDP tasks are security orientated and
include the security of military bases, protecting against
the sabotage of assets and the threat of terrorist
incursion. At the same time the MDP has a role as a civilian
police force creating a safe crime free environment. The MDP
is supported by a number of specialist units that include
the largest fraud squad in the UK, marine units that are
equipped with a large number of amphibious craft, over 400
police dogs, a special escort group and a multi-capability
operational support unit.
During early 2011 it was announced that the MDP had
established a Defence Crime Board, to provide strategic
direction to the defence-wide effort to reduce the harm done
to the defence budget, safety, security and military
operational capability by crime and fraud.
All MDP officers are trained in the use of firearms and at
any one time about 70% of MDP officers on duty will be
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE GUARD SERVICE
The Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) is the
uniformed, unarmed element forming part of the larger
Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency. The Ministry
of Defence Guard Service was formed into a corporate
structure as part of the Ministry of Defence Police and
Guarding Agency in April 2004. The MGS has a personnel total
of around 3,900 personnel who are located at over 200
locations across the UK. There are six regional headquarters
locations at Aldershot, Bath, Clyde Naval Base, London,
Shrewsbury and York.
The Training Centre is at Weathersfield in Essex.
The forecast cost of the MGS for FY2010-2011 was £112
Corrective Training Centre (MCTC)
The MCTC takes servicemen and women who have been sentenced
to periods of detention from 14 days to two years. The vast
majority are serving periods of detention to which they have
been sentenced by court martial or after summary hearing by
their commanding officers. Most detainees have offended
against Armed Forces law rather than criminal law, and few
are committed for offences that would have resulted in
custody had they been in civilian life.
All detainees are held in accordance with rules determining
committal to custody within the Armed Forces Act 2006.
Staff at the MCTC are draw mainly from the Military Provost
Staff Corps (MPSC) with representatives from the other