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1.    The Corps of Military Police traces its origin to the days preceding WW II. In Jul 1939, one Indian Provost Section alongwith one British section were formed to raise, Force 4 Provost Unit, which was part of 4 Indian Infantry Division. Indian section was raised out of other Ranks from 7 and 11 Cavalry Regiments. The recorded date for raising of first Indian Provost unit was 28 Aug 1939. The Provost Units similarly raised, soon proved their worth in the fast moving campaigns of North Africa and Burma thereby prompting the Government to formally sanction the formation of Corps of Military Police (India) on 07 Jul 1942. It was, however, in the aftermath of World War II that the Corps of Military Police (India) truly won their spurs.

 

2. On 18 Oct 1947, the ‘Corps of Indian Military Police (CIMP) shed its historical British connection and was re-designate as the ‘Corps of military Police’ (CMP). This date is celebrated as the Corps Raising Day. After Independence, the Corps has served with elan and proved its mettle while contributing in maintenance of highest standards in the Indian Army. The Corps of Military police boasts of Regimental Centre and School in the picturesque surroundings of Bangalore. While initially the manpower for Provost Units was draughted from other Regiments, in 1963. The Corps of Military Police started direct recruitment for the Corps. The Regimental Centre has since then been training recruits to take on the responsibilities of Military Policemen, after imparting a rigorous training of 65 weeks. Apart from basic military training, every Military Policemen is imparted Provost, Signal and Driving and Maintenance training before he finally passes out of the training centre to join his assigned unit. The officers in the Corps of Military Police are posted from all arms.

 

3. After the 1971 war, the Corps was closely associated with the onerous task of looking after approximately 90,000 Prisoners of War for more than a year. The Military policemen have also had the honour to serve with distinction, as part of the UN Mission forces in various theatres, around the globe. The members of the Corps of Military Police are the most visible faces during National functions and Army events. The tall, smart and immaculately turned out personnel of the Corps of Military Police are the pride of Indian Army during important ceremonial events.

 

4. The first Provost Marshal of the Indian Army was Brigadier AR Forbes and first Commandant of Corps of Military Police Centre and School was Major WHR Dutton, MC. In recognition of its dedicated and distinguished service, the President of India, Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, presented ‘Colours’ to the Corps on 24 Apr 82.

 

      
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