Military police will become involved in guard, patrol service in Russian army

First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said on Monday he will be in charge of the work of the military police that is now being created in Russia.

"I will be coordinating the work of the military police. One of the principles of its creation is to involve professionally trained people, from officers to contract servicemen, in the fulfillment of the tasks faced by the military police by engaging in garrison, guard and patrol service without taking servicemen from units and junctions away from their combat training," Bakhin said.

Bakhin specified that the military police will likely be in charge of the protection of warehouse zones and Defense Ministry arsenals.

"With the arrival of professionals in the military police, we want to dramatically raise the quality of the said services. We have no intention of invading the spheres of responsibility of investigative and supervisory bodies," he said.

An experiment to put the military police in charge of garrison, guard and patrol service will be conducted at the base of the Alabin garrison (Moscow region) in the near future. Bakhin said the military police will become a fully viable structure when the entire legal framework is ready for it, including the bill and a number of departmental regulations.

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