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tory. Every use should be made of existing civil machinery
consistent with the policies established by the theater com-
mander or military governor. Care is exercised to protect
ardd preserve civil police records. Military police are never
ordered to perform duty under supervision of the civil
72. SPECIAL PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. In carrying
out their mission of maintaining law and order in occupied
towns, it may be advisable for military police under cer-
tain conditions to assume protective custody over individ-
ual civilians, in order to protect them from harm or injury.
Individuals in this category may include material witnesses
for military tribunals, civil officials, and other persons
against whom certain elements of the civil population may
attempt to inflict injury or reprisals. They should be dis-
tinguished from refugees, prisoners of war, enemy aliens, or
prisoners held for trial They are treated in a manner sim-
ilar to refugees, except that they are given close military
protection. A report of each case should be made to the
commanding general of the area.
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