Norwegian Cap Badge   This page are based on information provided by Captain Roar Thon of the Norwegian Military Police. His web pages on the Norwegian MP's (in Norwegian) can be found here.
History. The Norwegian Military Police was established on 10th September 1940 in Dumfries, Scotland during the WWII. During the establishment of the Norwegian Army in Great Britain a Military Police Platoon was organized within the Army Brigade in 1942. Small Military Police units were also established at Norwegian Navy and Air Force units around Great Britain. A bigger Military Police unit was established in "Little Norway" Canada where the Air Force had their flight academy during the WWII.

The Norwegian Military Police did not se any combat action during WWII, but had their hands full when policing during the liberation of Norway and especially Oslo, the Norwegian capital. During May 1945 the Allied Command created a joint command with American, British, Norwegian MP and civilian police in Oslo which was operational until August 1945. By 1946 the Army Military Police had established themselves around bases and garrisons around the country. The same year the Air Force and the Navy established their first MP units on Norwegian soil.

Parade uniform. Old duty uniform with red cap that was replaced during 1988.
The Norwegian Military Police was amost closed down during 1947, but Norway's participation in guarding Occupied Germany stopped these plans. The first MP Company (Military Police Company 471) followed the army brigade to Germany in September 1947 and served together with different brigade contingents until 1952 with Military Police Company 522 as the last one. After the withdrawal from Germany in 1952 the Norwegian armed forces established Brigade North in Northern Norway. Within the Brigade a Military Police Platoon served there until the creation of Division 6 and the establishment of the Military Police Battalion in 1995, which is still operational.

After the Second World War, Norwegian Military Police have served in different conflicts around the world under either UN or NATO command. This has included Egypt, Lebanon, Congo, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and the Balkans. Norwegian Military Police have also been stationed in Belgium, France, Italy and other countries.

Organisation. In Norway today the Military Police are small, but effective units serving at army garrisons, naval bases or Air Forces Bases around the country. Downsizing the Norwegian armed forces is changing the Military Police as well, and there are ongoing efforts to restructure the Military Police's peace support units and combat support units. For the time being the Norwegian Military Police (Army) wartime strength are
  • 3 battalions,
  • 6 independent companies and
  • 3 independent platoons.
Air Force and Navy MP have up to platoon strength in their units. National Guard MP has up to company strength. The Norwegian Military Police wartime personnel strength is:
  • Army Military Police (Wartime) 2500 officers and soldiers
  • Air Force Military Police (Wartime) 240 officers and soldiers
  • Navy Military Police (Wartime) 120 officers and soldiers
  • National Guard Military Police (Wartime) 850 officers and soldiers
  • Total Wartime strength: 3710 officers and soldiers
The Norwegian Military Police are facing a lot of changes and challenges for the future, but the will and honour to serve as a member of the Military Police are still present by the Military Police officers and soldiers.
Jurisdiction and Duties. The Norwegian Military Police have the authority to conduct investigation of breaches of both military and civilian law, and in general must maintain law and order inside the armed forces.
Selection and Training. Norwegian Military Police soldiers and officers are trained at three different MP schools; army, navy and air force. This situation is to be changed in 2003 when the Armed Forces Military Police School is operational. Norwegian personnel also attend the UN Military Police Course which is presented at the Danish Army Logistics School at Aalborg, Denmark.
Military Police Vehicles. Vehicles used include BMW motorcycles and Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagens. MP's from the Norwegian Navy also make use of Volkswagen Transporter Syncro's.
The MP's provide a motorcycle escort for the monarch when he has distinguished guests.
Norwegian Military Police
Vehicle photo from Emergency Vehicle Owners & Operators Association, Inc. EVOOA Home
The picture at left was taken on June 15th, 1997, in Tromsoe in North Norway. The patrol unit pictured is a Volkswagen Transporter Syncro (4wd) 2.4l diesel, belonging to the Royal Norwegian Navy's Military Police at Olavsvern Naval Station, Tromsoe Naval District, North Norway. The Volkswagen Transporter is also popular among Norwegian Civilian Police, but in white marked with red and blue stripes.

Military Police Weapons. Weapons used by the Norwegian MP's are the Glock 17 (P80) pistol, the AG3 7.62mm rifle, and the H&K MP5 sub-machine gun. Glock 18 (P80) 9mm pistol
  H&K MP5 9mm sub-machine gun
Military Police Uniforms. The Norwegian Military Police do not have their own uniform insignia and use the transport wheel as part of the Transport and Logistics Corps. The internationally known crossed "Harpers Ferry" pistols of the US Army Military Police Corps have however been in use since 1940 as the patch of the Norwegian Military police, though in different layouts. The Commanding General of the Army approved the crest at right on 2nd June 1992. Norwegian Army MP Crest
The Military Police are use the same standard uniforms of the Norwegian armed forces, with the exception for special equipment or uniform insignia, visualizing them as a member of the Military Police.

The standard equipment for the Norwegian Military Police officer and soldier are the red beret, red lanyard carried on left arm and when they are performing Military Police duty – the black brassard with red letters.

There are two forms of brassard:
  • Black background with red lettering.
  • Black background with red lettering, together with a reflective stripe at the bottom, and which can be reversed to camouflage and black lettering. This is usually worn on NATO operations.
Until 2000 the brassard was worn on the left arm, but this caused problems with the Norwegian flag which to be worn on peacekeeping missions and the brassard is now only worn on the right hand side.
Female MP's wearing standard combat dress with red berets carrying the standard Norwegian cap badge. The black and red brassard is worn on the right arm, whilst a red lanyard with whistle is worn from the left epaulette. Male MP performing alcohol abuse check whilst wearing a reflective jacket together with the standard black & red brassard. The jacket also has a black & white MP patch on the left breast.
Reflective jacket is being worn. Also note the police-type equipment belt being by the MP at left, while the MP in the centre has his brassard on the left arm. During 2000 a decision was made that the brassard would in future only be worn on the right arm. Reflective cross-belts are being worn by both members. The red cap was replaced in 1988 by the scarlet berets now worn. The brassards, worn on the right arm, appear to be black with white lettering "MP"?. A traffic control baton is also being held by the MP at right.