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military police

soldiers who perform police duties within the army.
Abbreviation: MP.
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1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The military police did nothing to control the murderous disorder for nearly six hours.
  • The agent also described military police manipulating the temperatures in detainees' cells.
  • It's an ostensibly secular military police state, run by a single despot.
  • The red beret of the military police sits atop a pair of handcuffs.
  • Later, around midnight, he was arrested by the military police from his parents' house.
  • Then, from behind a line of military police, a sharpshooter in civilian clothes fired a rifle into a crowd of unarmed civilians.
  • By all accounts they behaved peacefully until blocked by military police protecting the television building.
  • When they appeared in court, military police shook their hands, and some asked for autographs.
  • Before being shooed away by military police, he claimed, he had spotted several little bodies strewn nearby.
  • military police protect lives and property on military bases by enforcing military laws and regulations.
British Dictionary definitions for military police

military police

a corps within an army that performs police and disciplinary duties
Derived Forms
military policeman, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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