Ministry of Defence
Forces News spotlight on MDP at HM Naval Base Devonport
British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) meets Ministry of Defence Police teams in and around the naval base in Plymouth.
A series of mini-documentaries and reports on the MDP have featured on BFBS channels ahead of and during the week that followed the Force’s 50th Anniversary on 1 October 2021.
Three spotlight features on specialist MDP teams at HM Naval Base Devonport were released to coincide with the half-century milestone. These followed a mini-documentary focused on a firearms training exercise and a special 50th Anniversary Pass Out Parade:
At Devonport, Forces News reporter Briohny Williams joined the marine unit during a firearms training exercise afloat, followed our Project Servator officers out on deployment and met puppy Harri and the dog section.
Chief Inspector Darrell Barber, MDP Senior Police Officer at HM Naval Base Devonport, recently said:
“We were very pleased to spend time with Briohny and the BFBS crew, in support of the MDP’s 50th Anniversary campaign, to show a flavour of the Force’s specialist policing capabilities used at the sites we protect across the UK, and to explain more on our role in keeping the Naval Base here in Plymouth safe and secure.”
Watch the MDP Devonport Forces News reports
Watch the video: specialist armed police keeping UK waters safe
MDP has the largest marine policing capability in the UK and supports national policing operations for events and incidents when required.
The MDP Devonport Marine Unit (DMU) is responsible for ensuring waterborne policing and security at the naval base, escorting naval ships and other vessels, and working with the Queen’s Harbour Master on general police patrols.
Members of the DMU regularly practise marine firearms tactics simulations, as seen in the Forces News report, to ensure they’re prepared to respond to different security threats.
The national policing tactic Project Servator is used by the MDP at Devonport, and at other locations across the UK, to disrupt criminal activity while providing a reassuring presence for the Defence community and public in the surrounding area.
Project Servator officers are specially trained to identify tell-tale signs of criminal activity, during highly visible deployments that can happen at any time, anywhere. These are made up of a range of resources including: uniformed and plain clothes officers, armed police officers, police dogs, marine police units, vehicle checkpoints, CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Watch the video: from Cute Puppies To Defence Dogs
The MDP Dog Unit represents the second largest police dog capability in the UK and recently became the first non-Home Office police unit to achieve national accreditation for police dog training.
At Devonport the MDP has more than 15 dogs used in a range of protective and deterrent roles, and to detect and intercept suspicious activity and criminality, for example using specialist drugs or explosives dogs.
Training the dogs is a gradual process and Forces News gained insight on what’s involved during their time with the MDP Devonport Dog Unit and puppy Harri.
- MDP celebrates 50 years
- 50 years: delivering unique specialist policing
- A brief history of the Ministry of Defence Police
- Reflections on 50 years of the MDP
- Who are the MDP?
- Special 50th anniversary pass out event for MOD Police new recruits
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
DIO awards new delivery partner contracts for US Visiting Forces sites01/12/2021 15:15:15
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has recently awarded three new contracts to support infrastructure upgrades at UK armed forces bases used by the United States Visiting Forces (USVF).
MOD to continue to pay annuities to members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross29/11/2021 15:15:15
The Ministry of Defenced (MOD) will continue to pay £10,000 annuities to members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross.
Minister for Africa and Armed Forces Minister travel to Senegal to strengthen economic and security ties in West Africa29/11/2021 14:12:00
Minister for Africa Vicky Ford and Armed Forces Minister James Heappey recentky travelled to Senegal to strengthen economic and security ties between the two countries.
RFCA for Wales welcome 130 guests to Annual Briefing29/11/2021 13:43:00
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales welcomed more than 130 guests to its Annual Briefing.
British Army unveils most radical transformation in decades29/11/2021 10:15:00
The British Army has unveiled ‘Future Soldier’, its most radical transformation programme in over 20 years.
Scottish Troops to pioneer Army’s new Ranger Regiment26/11/2021 12:43:00
‘Future Soldier’ reconfigures Army for future wars backed by £8.6bn additional investment in Army equipment.
Defence Secretary and Qatari Defence Minister unveil new Joint Hawk Squadron26/11/2021 10:15:00
The new squadron will deliver training to British and Qatari pilots.
Defence Secretary announces Future Soldier for the British Army25/11/2021 15:38:00
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announces Future Soldier, the British Army's most radical transformation in 20 years.