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laws, orders, and regulations, to report the violators, and, if
necessary, to take them into custody. (See FM 19-5.)
b. In an emergency, military police may call upon any
officer, noncommissioned officer, or enlisted man of the
Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard to assist them
in the execution of their duties, including the making of
arrests. Where time and circumstances permit, requests for
assistance from troops should be made to the commanding
officer of the troops. Military police will report to their
commanding officer the identity of any person in the mili-
tary service who fails or refuses to give such assistance.
Also, under the 68th Article of War, all officers and non-
commissioned officers have power to part and quell all quar-
rels, frays, and disorders among persons subject to mili-
c. In occupied enemy territory, military police exercise
authority over civilians in accordance with the requirements
of the situation and the policies of the theater commander
and military governor.
d. In the territory of friendly and allied nations, military
police normally have no authority over civilians who are
not subject to the Articles of War. Provost marshals should
acquaint themselves with the local established policies on
relationships between allied powers as they pertain to mili-
tary police matters.
3. DUTIES OF PROVOST MARSHAL. a. As the
staff officer for military police affairs, the provost marshal
is responsible to his commander for the activities of the
military police under his supervision or command. When
acting in a supervisory capacity, the provost marshal does
not exercise command; but by constant liaison, inspection,
and analysis of operating procedures, he formulates plans
and policies which are disseminated through the command
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United States. War Department. Military police in towns and cities, book, January 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96651/m1/8/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.