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termine the best means of entering. They should also note
the number and attitude of the people in the building so as
to plan proper details for entering and leaving. If it is
believed that the arrest will cause a disturbance requiring
additional military police, headquarters is notified. After
entering, military police keep within supporting distance of
each other at all times. While one makes the arrest, the
other closely observes conditions, prepared to render assist-
ance if necessary, and helps clear the way to the door. Care
is exercised to safeguard weapons.
40. APPROACHING AN INDIVIDUAL. a. In ap-
proaching a member of the armed forces who is to be
questioned, the military policeman must remember that his
first words will either create a situation which he controls,
or will precipitate trouble." Only one military policeman
does the questioning, the other stands in the background.
The voice should be kept low but distinct; loudness should
be avoided. The voice should carry a tone of quiet author-
ity and friendliness. The soldier being questioned should
never be given the impression that he is being placed in a
situation out of which he must fight his way. To avoid a
disturbance, members of the Armed Forces should, wher-
ever possible, be removed from a crowded place and ques-
b. When questioning a soldier, military police should
take positions as shown in figure 11. A direct frontal posi-
tion makes the military policeman vulnerable to a sudden
blow to the stomach, an uppercut, or a knee in the groin.
He stands with the soldier to his left, so that his sidearm
cannot be suddenly taken from him. The other military
policeman stands by alertly, also avoiding a frontal position.
41. MAKING AN ARREST. a. General. (1) There
is no iron-clad rule to be applied in determining whether
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