Military police officers are members of the military service who are responsible for enforcing the law and maintaining order in the ranks as well as ensuring the security of all personnel. All military police officers complete the same basic training but then they receive additional training for the specific area of service to which they are assigned. Entry-level military police officers usually serve as gate guards who maintain the security of all military bases and installations. They serve long hours day and night checking the ID of everyone who wants to enter. Military police patrol officers travel throughout the military base and surrounding areas in squad cars on motorcycles on horseback or on foot. They enforce traffic regulations but they also assist those in need of help and they check to make sure all buildings on the base are secure. Military police officers who are K-9 handlers are supplied with military working dogs that have been trained to detect drugs and bombs that may be in cars or buildings. The K-9 police and their dogs are often called into service following disasters to locate and rescue survivors. Antiterrorism military police officers are specially trained to identify and prevent acts of terrorism both within the United States and in foreign countries. Dispatch military police officers sit at dispatch desks where they take military emergency calls and direct military personnel to emergency situations. Aspiring military police officers usually have college degrees and must be eligible for military service. If they apply for positions as military police officers they are screened and then go through basic followed by more specialized training. Earnings for this career vary widely depending on company rank location and experience. However the website www.simplyhired.com says that the average annual salary for military police officers is approximately $39000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Checks ID cards at the entrance of military bases.
Patrols governmental property.
Identifies terrorism risks.
Takes emergency calls and dispatches military police officers.
|Also Called:||Military Gate Guard
Military Police Patrol
Antiterrorism Military Police Officer
Military Police Dispatcher