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returned to his organization under guard, arrangements for
his return are made with the commander concerned. This
usually is accomplished by delivering the offender for proc-
essing to the nearest post or other military installation des-
ignated by proper authority. In all cases, a report of
delinquency and aty allied papers are forwarded by the
provost marshal to the offender's commanding officer.
31. PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. a. Protective custody
as used in this manual means the assumption by the mili-
tary police of custody of a member of the armed forces who
is in need of aid or assistance. Protective custody is dis-
tinguished from arrest in that the former implies no viola-
tion of civil or military law, nor is an adverse report ren-
dered on the individual taken into custody. Protective cus-
tody is assumed in instances such as the following:
(1) When a member of the armed forces is found on
the streets without funds.
(2) When a member of the armed forces is suffering
illness or injury.
(3) To prevent a member of the armed forces from
bringing discredit upon the service.
(4) To protect a member of the armed forces from vio-
lence or injury.
b. A person placed in protective custody is booked at
military police headquarters in the normal manner, a nota-
tion being made in the records that he is in protective cus-
tody rather than in confinement. He is clearly informed
that he has not been arrested for having committed an of-
fense, and that a delinquency report will not be rendered
on him, but that he is temporarily under military protec-
tion. Persons in protective custody who remain under mili-
tary police control for a period of time are placed, wherever
practicable, in a room separate from persons who have been
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