The Centenary of a Military Police Association 1913 - 2013
The Corps of Military Police (CMP) Old Comrades Association (OCA), the progenitor of the current Association, was formed in January 1913. Re-formed after the 1st World War in 1927 and continuing up to the outbreak of War in 1939, when its assets were frozen and was put into abeyance, members met annually on F.A. Cup Final Day and a Dinner was held in London, followed by a parade and a march to the Cenotaph where a wreath was laid in memory of Fallen Comrades.
In March 1941, the CMP Old Comrades (War) Association (OCA (War)) was formed to fill the vacuum created by the closure of the OCA. As now, its objectives were to help members in need and to encourage comradeship amongst the serving.
On 15th June 1946, the Royal Military Police Association (RMPA) was formed, assuming the responsibilities of the OCA (War) for over 50,000 de-mobbed CMP members, as well as those veterans who had served in CMP and its forebears before 1939.
The RMPA today has 39 vibrant branches across the UK, in Cyprus, Australasia and North. America. All serving members of RMP become Life Members on receiving their Warrant Cards as fully-fledged Service Police Officers on successful completion of their Phase 2 Training.
As in 1913, the RMPA meets collectively once a year although the branches meet far more frequently. Its work remains: to help the needy; raising money for the Corps Benevolent Fund; and engendering ‘esprit de corps’, while maintaining the ‘exclusive friendliness’ that remains the hallmark of the Royal Military Police.
“Here’s to the next 100 years!”