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guards or escorts for important military or civil officials of
the United States or allied powers. Military police are se-
lected for this duty on the basis of their appearance, alert-
ness, intelligence, and the ability to act quickly and cor-
rectly in unforeseen circumstances.
Section III. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
61. DISORDERS INVOLVING MILITARY PERSON-
NEL. Regarding the suppression of disorders involving
military personnel, AW 89 provides in part:
"Any person subject to military law who . .. commits
any kind of depredation or riot, shall be punished as a
court-martial may direct."
Military police of all grades, in maintaining law and order,
are authorized and directed to quell all disturbances and
riots involving military personnel. Where necessary, they
may call upon any person subject to military law for as-
62. CIVIL DISTURBANCES. a. The maintenance of
law and order among civilians is the responsibility of the
civil authorities. Except where specifically ordered by com-
petent authority, military police in the United States have
no authority to quell civil disturbances. Where military
personnel are involved in the disturbance, military police
have authority only over those persons subject to military
law. For a discussion of the use of troops in civil disturb-
ances, see AR 500-50 and FM 27-15.
b. In occupied territory, military authority is supreme.
Military police have authority to quell all disorders, disturb-
ances, and uprisings of any nature. The military police are
responsible for the maintenance of order within the area
assigned to them. Assistance of other troops is requested
when necessary. The amount of force to be applied and
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