25 October 2011
Another example of the government not giving a fig about the defence of the nation,its assets and dependants.An easy way for them to use Defence as a way of making massive budget savings without having the intelligence of foresight to understand what they are storing up for all of us in the future.I consider that not only defence ministers should be held to account as suggested by Mr.Keating but also and possibly mainly those at the top table,namely Messrs Cameron,Osbourne and Clegg.
Howard - Farnborough,Hants,UK.
26 October 2011
Mr Clegg stated recently that there would be no cuts to front line Community Policing did he also mean the MOD Police? I did email him but he failed to answer.
Dave - Hampshjire
27 October 2011
There will be a shortage of armed police officers for the 2012 Olympic games. Shame MoD police are not involved, as it would raise their profile in a good way.
John Hartley - Woking/Surrey/UK
09 December 2011
Are the general public aware of what the government intend to do and the legalities of having MPGS patrol men on public highways with firearms? The MPGS are ulimately accountable to the Miltary authorities, and are not subjected to any independent scrutinty such as the IPCC
john - north yorkshire
19 December 2011
The MOD Police are our only truely national police force. Their capabilities in respect of firearms, public order and counter terrorism have always been under utilised. Their abilities should be exploited to the full in theses dangerous and uncertain times. Cuts to these highly trained individuals is the last thing the country needs.
Paul - Wiltshire
04 April 2012
A small number of MDP personnel are engaged in protecting the United Kingdom's 'National Assets' both locally and nationally and justify their pay and conditions. However, many more are employed on tasks that can be covered by civilians (Guard Service,) Local Constabularies and service personnel. At some locations the immediate availability of a police presence may be required but that can be achieved by defining what requires an immediate police presence and engage less personnel.
MDP benefit from National Police pay and conditions and also enjoy many of the Civil Service conditions, including good sick pay and pensions.
The cost of recruiting, training, clothing, equipping, including specialist equipment and providing embellished vehicles together with premises, telephones and information technology for the current number of MDP cannot be justified any more in 2012 than twenty years ago.
The problem is the MDP have for a number of years been pricing themselves out of the market by attempting to adopt, within service families environments, a local constabulary role in the community.
In essence the MDP should be deployed where local constabularies, service personnel and Civilian Guards cannot or are unable to provide the expertise, skills and knowledge that the MDP have. That includes CID investigations.
GST - Scotland