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Figure 21. Disciplinary or "roving" patrols supplement
periodically the several foot, motor, and combination patrols
to observe their conduct and activities, to transmit orders
and instructions, and to give assistance and advice concern-
ing special problems which may have arisen. Supervising
patrols spot-check public establishments, observe conditions
in the town, and take any action which may be necessary.
They also observe to determine whether the military police
strength is adequate and whether patrols are properly dis-
posed within the town.
b. Officer patrols. Officer patrols may be properly
used in a supervisory capacity. Except in emergencies, offi-
cers should not engage in those enforcement functions
which are properly the duty of military police. Officers
should exercise tact and prudence if it becomes necessary to
question personnel under restraint or arrest. They should
not engage in argumentive discussion, particularly with per-
sonnel under the influence of alcohol. When a soldier is
under the influence of liquor, he should be controlled tact-
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