Military Police Services

The Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp) is a formation of the Canadian Armed Forces that groups Military Police members employed in policing duties across the Canadian Armed Forces.

What Military Police Members Do

  • Support Canadian Forces missions anywhere in the world, by providing policing and operational support.
  • Enforce provincial and federal laws and regulations on DND establishments.
  • Investigate and report incidents involving military and/or criminal offences.
  • Perform other policing duties, such as traffic control, traffic accident investigation, emergency response and conduct liaison with Canadian, allied and other foreign police forces.
  • Develop and apply crime prevention measures to protect our military communities against criminal acts.
  • Supervise all persons held in custody (including military detainees and prisoners of war).
  • Provide security at selected Canadian Embassies around the world.
  • Provide service to the community through conflict mediation, negotiation, dispute resolution, public relations and victim assistance.

Military Police Values

Military Police members are expected to conform to standards established in the Military Police Professional Code of Conduct, which embraces the following values:

  • Loyalty;
  • Accountability;
  • Integrity/Ethics;
  • Competence; and
  • Pride/Professionalism.

CF MP GP Leadership

The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) is an advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff on policing matters, the Branch Advisor for the Canadian Forces Military Police Branch, and an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. The CFPM also is the Commander of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp).

As the centralized MP HQ, the CF MP Gp HQ provides direction to all MP Branch members with regard to police policy and procedures, oversight on policing and security matters, professional standards, security, equipment and training, as well as, MP Branch activities and traditions.

The CF MP Gp HQ is located on Walkley Road in Ottawa. The HQ consists of the CFPM (also CF MP Gp HQ Commander) and his directors and their requisite personnel.

The directors are the following:

Deputy Commander

The Deputy Commander of the CF MP Gp is responsible for the day-to-day issues of the formation, and also oversees the Professional Standards Section.

Professional Standards manages public complaint and internal MP misconduct investigations and ensures adherence to the Military Police Professional Code of Conduct.

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff of the CF MP Gp is the CF MP Gp HQ Commanding Officer. He is responsible directly to the Commander for the effective and efficient administration of the CF MP Gp HQ and for all assigned military personnel and civilians. As such, he oversees the Executive Assistant, the Orderly Room and the Public Affairs sections.

Deputy Provost Marshal Policy and Plans

The Deputy Provost Marshal Policy and Plans is responsible for police and security policies, oversight through strategic evaluations, and force protection.

Deputy Provost Marshal Selection and Training

The Deputy Provost Marshal Selection and Training (DPM Sel & Trg) is responsible for coordinating the CFPM's Designated Training Authority (DTA) functions in support of Military Police recruitment, training, education and retention. DPM Sel & Trg provides technical supervision of the CFMPA in its delivery of Military Police occupational and specialist training, and also coordinates MP Branch "Out Service Training" requirements at various civilian training venues in order to meet certain specialized/low-volume training requirements.

Deputy Provost Marshal Resource Management

The Deputy Provost Marshal Resource Management (DPM RM) is responsible for managing the CF MP Gp's business planning, human resources, resource acquisition, information management and Security and Military Police Information System (SAMPIS) requirements. DPM RM also performs financial comptrollership for the CF Mp Gp.

Deputy Provost Marshal Police and Security

The Deputy Provost Marshal Police and Security (DPM Police Secur) is responsible for police and security operations within the CF MP Gp.



The CF MP Gp is comprised of the following subordinate units. A map of the locations of these units is below.

Land Force Military Police Group

The Land Force Military Police Group (LF MP Gp) is a Military Police formation with the mandate to provide policing services to the Army. The formation is comprised of an HQ in Ottawa, and four subordinate units: 1 Military Police Regiment (1 MP Regt) with HQ located in Edmonton, 2 MP Regt with HQ in Toronto, 3 MP Regt with HQ in Sackville, and 5 MP Regt with HQ in Valcartier.

Air Force Military Police Group

The Air Force Military Police Group (AF MP Gp) is a Military Police formation with the mandate to provide policing services to the Air Force. The formation is comprised of an HQ in Winnipeg, and three subordinate units: 1 Military Police Squadron (1 MP Sqn) with HQ in Cold Lake, 2 MP Sqn with HQ in Trenton, and 3 MP Sqn with HQ in Greenwood.

Naval Military Police Group

The Naval Military Police Group (Naval MP Gp) is a Military Police formation with the mandate to provide operationally ready, combat-capable forces by affording professional and timely policing, investigative and security support services to the Royal Canadian Navy and our four associated bases.  The formation is comprised of an HQ located in Ottawa, and the Military Police units in Borden, Esquimalt, Halifax and Ottawa. The Commander Naval MP Gp is also the Military Police advisor to the Chief of Military Personnel.

Special Operations Forces Military Police Unit

The Special Operations Forces Military Police Unit (SOF MPU) is a Military Police unit with the mandate to provide policing services to the Canadian Forces Special Operations Command. The HQ is located in Ottawa.

Military Police Services Group

The Military Police Services Group (MP Svcs Gp) is a Military Police formation with the mandate to provide MP operational support to Canadian Forces operations, be they domestic, continental or expeditionary. The formation is comprised of an HQ in Ottawa, and three subordinate units: the Canadian Forces Protective Services Unit (CFPSU) located in Ottawa, the Military Police Security Service (MPSS), and the Canadian Forces Service Prison and Detention Barracks (CFSPDB).

Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) was established in 1997 with a mandate to investigate serious and sensitive matters related to DND and the CF. It performs a function similar to that of a Major Crime unit of the RCMP or large municipal police agency. The CFNIS was created to address lessons learned through our experiences in Somalia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and on other difficult deployed missions. The creation of the CFNIS also fulfilled recommendations made by the Dickson and Belzile commissions that the Military Justice System required an investigative agency that was independent of the chain of command.

CF Military Police Academy

The CF Military Police Academy (CFMPA) was established 1 April 1999 when the Intelligence Training Company was detached from the former Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security. At this time, the unit was transformed into a distinct Military Police/Security training establishment.

The primary mission of the CFMPA is to provide career and specialist training to Regular and Reserve Force members of the Military Police Branch and security-related training to non-Branch personnel of the Regular and Reserve Forces. The CFMPA also provides training to personnel from other government and law enforcement agencies and to foreign nationals under the Military Training Assistance Program.

Map – CF MP Gp

Community Commitment

The Canadian Forces Military Police are totally committed to providing the highest degree of professional service to the communities they serve. Partnerships have been formed with other groups and service providers and the delivery of policing and investigative services has been modernized to better serve community needs. The Military Police Community-Based Policing Strategy is designed to ensure that all Military Police members are responsive and inclusive of the community they serve.

Victim Services

The Military Police are also committed to increasing their focus on the needs of victims of crime. A national program has been instituted where an MP member regularly contacts crime victims and complainants. In practical terms, this commitment translates into effective participation into the area of victims' relief by the MP. It also fosters the involvement of several other support agencies within the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence and may also involve the participation of our civilian partners.

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