Unit History: Royal Military Police (Volunteers)
The Royal Military Police is a branch of the British Army responsible for providing a military police presence on service property, operations and excercises and for the policing of service personnel. The members tend to be known as Redcaps because they wear red topped berets.
The Provost Marshal is an officer in charge of the military police. This position dates back to 1241, when Henry III of England appointed William of Cuningham. However, an official military police service was not established until 1877. In 1926, they became the Corps of Military Police and were awarded the acolade ’Royal’ after their services in the Second World War and gained the title the Corps of Royal Military Police.
The service has been involved in a number of conflicts throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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