military police

noun
soldiers who perform police duties within the army. Abbreviation: MP
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Origin:
1820–30

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military police
 
n
a corps within an army that performs police and disciplinary duties
 
military policeman
 
n

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military police

disciplinary force, composed of soldiers, that exercises police and related functions in armies. Generally, their principal duty is to maintain law and order, prevent and investigate crime within the army, and operate confinement facilities. They also engage in combat as infantry when required

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The military police did nothing to control the murderous disorder for nearly
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It's an ostensibly secular military police state, run by a single despot.
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