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22. SUPERVISION. Commissioned and noncommis-
sioned officers make frequent inspections to insure that the
patrols are functioning properly, and to insure that the
strength and disposition of military police within the com-
munity and in outlying districts are at all times in accord-
ance with the requirements of the situation. Conditions
within communities are subject to constant change. Only
by continual observation can the situation be accurately
appraised and controlled. (See par. 16b.)
ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY POLICE
23. ORGANIZATION OF HEADQUARTERS. The
military police organization proper is normally commanded
by the detachment commander. One of his responsibilities
is the detachment's administration, including quarters, mess,
supply, and transportation. In supervising the activities of
patrols, he is assisted by any additional officers who may
be assigned or attached. The operation of military police
headquarters is the function of the desk sergeant. The
patrol sergeant is the senior noncommissioned officer of the
relief on patrol, and is in charge of its activities during his
tour of duty. (See fig. 4.)
24. DUTIES OF DESK SERGEANT. The duties of the
desk sergeant include:
a. Operation of military police headquarters.
b. Supervision over processing of prisoners, including
search, booking, custody of personal effects, confinement,
feeding, and disposition.
c. Dispatching members of the reserve to answer emer-
d. Maintaining liaison with the civil police, with the
Navy, and with allied military authorities.
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