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protection and also provides a witness to any occurrence.
In a town where there is a large number of both military
and naval personnel, the pairing of military police and shore
patrolmen provides a good working arrangement. If the
military police organization consists of members of more
than one unit, the pairing of military police from different
units usually serves to eliminate the showing of any real or
fancied favoritism. Pairing an experienced military police
with one new to patrolling is a good method of training.
In theaters of operation, military police may be paired with
allied military police or local civil police.
37. ROTATION OF MILITARY POLICEMEN. Military
police should be rotated frequently among the various de-
tails, and among the various sections of the community.
38. DISPOSITION OF PATROLS. a. Foot patrols may
operate at a fixed post or cover a designated area. Station-
ary patrols may be posted at such places as railroad and bus
terminals, at larger places of amusement, outside establish-
ments placed "off limits," at information centers, and at
intersections to control traffic. Moving patrols cover desig-
nated routes in sections of a town where trouble is likely
b. The route to be covered by each patrol should be
definitely prescribed and plotted on a map. Each beat
should be so laid out that it can be covered in not more
than 1 hour. The degree of coverage desired and the num-
ber of establishments to be visited will determine the length
of the beat; generally, the shorter the beat, the more fre-
quently it will be covered by the patrol. Denser coverage
may be provided in specific areas by overlapping two or
more beats, or by assigning two patrols to the same beat.
(See fig. 9.)
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