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b. Observation. The military policeman should:
(1) Locate and keep in mind all potential trouble spots,
such as bars, cafes, taverns, skating rinks, and dance halls.
(2) Visit potential trouble spots frequently and at ir-
regular intervals, closely observing the conduct of service
personnel. Check as many establishments as possible near
(3) Check all alleys, and back doorways or other means
of entering and leaving potential trouble spots.
(4) Make the acquaintance of newsboys and hotel em-
ployees. Most of them are very observing and may be good
sources of information.
(5) Know the location of public buildings, hospitals,
churches, hotels, depots, telegraph offices, places of amuse-
ment, military installations in the vicinity, historical points
and points of interest, police call boxes, and fire alarm
c. Entering public buildings. (1) For observation.
Military police make their observations in a business-like
manner, not as though looking for trouble. They enter
either from front or rear doors, and place themselves as in-
conspicuously as possible where they can secure an adequate
view. In establishments having annexes, booths, and side
rooms which members of the Armed Forces are known to
frequent habitually, military police should pass through
these rooms and annexes, and beside the booths, in such a
manner as to get a clear view of conditions therein without
disturbing the occupants. They avoid giving the appear-
ance of loitering. They do not accept or partake of any
food, beverage, or other article, such as cigarettes, cigars,
candy, or chewing gum, that may in any way be construed
as a reward for either services or favoritism.
(2) To make an arrest. Before entering the building,
the military police note the entrances and exits, and de-
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