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Rules and SOPs for Cold War Provost members...

The following basic Rules and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) follow common sense and sound judgement. Please view and adhere to them with the same diligence as they were written.

Rules

  1. AIMS & OBJECTIVES
  2. MEMBERSHIP
  3. CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS AND/OR CRIMINAL RECORDS
  4. POLITICAL AIMS
  5. PAYMENTS TO MEMBERS
  6. SENIOR MEMBERS/GROUP LEADERSHIP
  7. CONDUCT (ALSO SEE SOP 6 BELOW)
  8. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
  9. RANKS AND BADGES
  10. WEAPONRY
  11. MEMBERSHIP CARDS
  12. LIST OF RULES

Standing Orders & Standard Operating Procedures

Cold War Provost Rules

1. AIMS & OBJECTIVES

    1. The Aims and Objectives of Cold War Provost are to portray the Corps of Royal Military Police during the majority of the period covering the Cold War, showing a wide range of the tasks of the RMP, in a fashion that the members of public would find interesting and insightful.
    2. Representation of the Units, Uniforms and Equipment of the Royal Military Police of the time, along with information on the various deployments that the RMP undertook are our main objectives, with our core display covering the years 1985/6.

2. MEMBERSHIP

Type of Group, Membership Period, and Fees

  1. Cold War Provost Living History Group is an independent Living History Group.
  2. The period of membership for each mermber of the group will run from the first day of each February through to the last day of January the following year, inclusive.
  3. Cold War Provost does not currently charge a specific membership fee to its' members but this may, if the team becomes large enough, be reconsidered at a later date to cover administration and/or stationary costs.

Third Party Public Liability Insurance

  1. Due to the increasingly litigious nature of the general public, it is now more important than ever that members are fully insured with Third Party Public Liability Insurance (3rd Party PLI).
  2. Living History Group and Re-Enactor Group PLI schemes are similar, but there are specific differences due to the differences in the range of activities in both hobbies (example: Re-Enactors take part in physically demanding and potentially dangerous battle re-enactments - Living history enthusiasts do not); as a result, LH PLI can be cheaper. However, RE insurance is more comprehensive, and covers more risks that LH 3PPLI, thus RE 3PPLI is recommended.
  3. Following the separation of CWP and Forces 80, the facility to obtain 3PLI through the F.80 scheme is now withdrawn. Members should obtrain 3PLI through AFRA (The All Fronts Re-Enactment Association), as described below.
  4. AFRA (http://www.afra.org.uk) is an open membership form of LH/RE organisation, which provides individual Living History and reenactment enthusiasts the f\acility to be insuder under the AFRA scheme. Membership of their scheme runs from the 1st January through to the 31st of December each year, and must be renewed at the beginning (no later than the end of) January each year. It is both competitively priced, and cost-effective. As a result, CWP encourages all members to take advantage of this scheme, by joining AFRA.
  5. Therefore, as at the January 2014 CWP Membership renewal point, there are currently two levels of CWP membership, as noted on CWP membership cards:
    1. AFRA
      A CWP member who has paid a subscription fee to be insured through the Forces 80 Public Liability Insurance scheme (UK only - Overseas events are insured differently).
    2. OTHER
      A CWP member who has not subscribed to the AFRA PLI scheme, and who must either acquire his or her own 3rd Party Public Liability Insurance Insurance, or who must otherwise be covered under specific event insurance for each event he or she may attend with CWP (proof to be provided for each event).

Joining the AFRA Public Liability Insurance Scheme:

  1. Members who are currently CWP "Other" may, at any time during their membership of CWP, subscribe to the AFRA 3PPLI scheme, by joining AFRA and paying the standard membership fee. OIn acceptance, a certificate of membership will be issued, with a membership card following later bin the post. Both will carry an identical AFRA membership number, which should be forwarded to the CWP Group Leader.
  2. CWP Membership cards of CWP "Other" level members who join the AFRA PLI Scheme will be reissued new membership cards to reflect their new membership level upon production of their AFRA membership certificate and/or membership card.
  3. Members should carry both CWP and AFRA (if held) membership cards to events they attend, to provide proof of both their membership affiliation and insured status.

Attendance to Training and Events

  1. While attendance is not mandatory for each and every event we are scheduled to attend, Cold War Provost does require that you attend no less than two events per annum, to be made up of a combination of Recruiting, Training and/or "Operational" events. This equates roughly to one event every six months - not very onerous, is it?
  2. There will be one 'maximum effort' event in the event calender of each year, this will becalled the "Flagship Event".
  3. Members should make as much effort to attend the annual "Flagship Event" as possible, as it will be deemed to be the event where we are likely to be the most 'visible' to members of the public and fellow Living History/re-Enactment enthusiasts. As a result, we must be seem to be making the most effort to impress, hence the need for the Maximum Effort.
  4. It should be borne in mind that Operational and Training Events in the year following previous "Flagship Events" will be run with the intention of improving on previous years Flagship Events

3. CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS AND/OR CRIMINAL RECORDS

    1. Cold War Provost believes that people are only Human, and may make mistakes, and that most people learn from these.
    2. As a result, while a member may have a criminal record (unlike the members of the Real RMP, who may not have a criminal past), once a person has paid their "debt to society", that's that, and no further account should be normally be taken from that person by Cold War Provost.

UK Laws on the Rehabilitation of Offenders

  1. However, UK laws and guidelines on the protection of children, and the safety of Firearms, override (and wisely so) this policy as follows:
    1. Persons convicted ay a court of any form of sexual offence, and currently required to register on the Register of Sexual Offenders
      (Protection of children),
    2. and persons sentenced to three years (36 months) or more in prison
      (Firearms Act - lifetime ban on the possession, handling, and/or use, of Firearms and/or Imitation Firearms),
    shall not be eligable for membership of Cold War Provost whatsoever.
  2. If it is found that an existing member of Cold War Provost has a criminal record as described above, that member will face immediate expulsion from Cold War Provost.
  3. In addition, the Senior membership of the group reserve, where they deem it appropriate, to notify the Relevent Authorities regarding any breach of Rule 3 (including any or all of subsections 3 through 5) above.

Potential members with Theft and/or Fraud convictions

  1. In addition, no person convicted by a court of any theft and/or fraudulent act who remains within their Spend Period as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 shall be eligable for membership of Cold War Provost (Honesty and personal integrety in doubt) without the consent of Senior Members. Their decision will be final, and no appeals will be entered into.
  2. If an applicant to Cold War Provost has such a record, it would be prudent to disclose full details of the offence, and how the court dealt with it. These things have a habit of coming into the public eye after a time, after all.

4. POLITICAL AIMS

    1. The Group has NO political agenda. The group likewise does not and will not enter into discussions regarding any of the politics of the conflicts that may be represented. We do not deny that certain conflicts during the 1960s through to the 1980s may or may not have been politically motivated and/or advantageous, but that is another story. Our main aim is to educate and remember.

5. PAYMENTS TO MEMBERS

    1. The group does not have an actual income, and is unable to pay members to attend shows and/or events. It may be possible that if a member contributes in such a way that is beneficial to the group as a whole, and via pre arrangement if a event makes a donation to the group, that a contribution towards fuel costs could be made, but this is not always possible and must be agreed by the senior members well in advance.

6. SENIOR MEMBERS/GROUP LEADERSHIP

    1. Senior Members are the founding members who are also usually responsible for organising the events. Their word on the conduct and organisation and administration of group "business" and "operations" and "Discipline" is final.

7. CONDUCT (ALSO SEE SOP 6 BELOW)

    1. Cold War Provost members are required to act in such a way that does not reflect badly upon the group, its efforts and members, or its' allied groups.
    2. If a member is found to have acted in a manner that is unacceptable and/or which brings or which could bring the Group into disrepute, then that member may be asked to leave the event in question, and depending on the severity of any offence given, may even be requested to leave the group entirely. In very serious cases (e.g. criminal acts) the Police may be called.
    3. Strong political views, including those of a racial nature, are not tolerated within the group if aired in a deliberate tone as to cause offence - especially in public. In other words, mind your manners and your "Ps" and "Qs"!
    4. We do realise that, from time to time, people do say things that could be construed as improper: This is only human nature, but overstep the mark and you may be asked to leave.

8. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

    1. Membership of Cold War Provost, once granted, places a resonsibility on the member to obtain the correct basic combat uniform and equipment as soon as is resonably possible - at the very least, no later than nine months to a year from the initial membership grant.
    2. We understand and agree that some of the kit we use is in very short and/or rare supply, but the reason for our being is Living Historical Re-Enactment, and the uniform and equipment is a major foundation of a group members participation, after all.
    3. Failure to procure such will normally be viewed rather dimly, and may result in membership renewal requests being declined. The uniform and kit guide should assist new members in obtaining the correct clothing and equipment - remember, when in doubt, ASK!

Orders of Dress

  1. Where possible, all orders of Dress that RMP used in the periods we cover will be utilised as appropriate for the event and theme, but with emphasis on those worn whilst conduction Provost Operations, rather than General Police Duties. The preferred Orders of Dress for CWP members taking part in events are therefore:
    1. No. 8 Dress, Duty Order Combat Dress (Period 1960 through 1974).
    2. No. 8 Dress, Temperate DPM - Combat Dress (Period 1974-1989).
    3. No. 13/14 Dress, Working Dress (Period 1974-1989).

Avoiding the "Confusion Factor"

  1. It should also be borne in mind that RHQ RMP have requested that CWP strenuously avoid the possibility of confusion where both Uniformed Serving Soldiers (wether or not they are RMP personnel) and CWP members (in kit) might be present; therefore, the following orders of Dress, being current or recently reintroduced Orders of Dress for the RMP, will not be used by CWP, except for two regular events on our calendar at the Chatham Militaria Fair, and any specific events as noted in those events CWP Operational Instructions.
    1. No. 1 (Dress Blues),
    2. No. 2 (Service Dress), and
    3. No. 13/14 (Barrack Dress)
  2. RHQ(RMP) also requested that RMP insignia also NOT be worn when participating in events on MoD lands where serving military may also be working or training, except where advice to the contary may have been given through RHQ(RMP) on a case-by-case basis; this, again, to avoid any possibility of confusion to anyone present, civilian or serving military.
  3. Guidance in relation to points (5) and (6) above will be provided in each Training and/or Operations Event Instruction issued prior to members attending events.

Uniform Flexibility

  1. Orders of dress were set out to ensure that soldiers wore what was required; however, a time-honoured tradition in HM Armed Forces has always been for soldiers to privately purchase kit and equipment that made their lives easier in the field.
  2. As a result, there will be a certain amount of flexibility permitted in what members may wear "on duty" at events we attend; for example, Parachute-qualified members might wear Para Smocks (the parachute-qualified Military Police in the Para Provost platoons of 160 Pro Coy at Aldershot, in the days of 5 Airborne Brigade, certainly did); in very cold weather (not unheard of in Chatham over the winter months), some members may choose to wear Arctic Parkas, and so on; provided that we look uniform, and smart, there should be few or no problems.
  3. Therefore, where a piece of uniform or equipment is identical - or as similar as to make little noticable difference - to that which was used at the times we portray, then provided that every effort has been made to appear "in keeping", no piece of uniform or equipment may (within reason) be prohibited; however as with all things, it is preferred that members seek advice prior to purchasing something, to prevent expensive problems!

Campaign Medals, General Service Medals, Honours, and associated Ribbons:

  1. Those members having been awarded with Campaign Medals, General Service Medals, and/or Honours during their Service with HM Forces, are authorised to wear them and/or the associated Ribbons with the appropriate Orders of Dress. Examples of such might include General Service medals, Theatre medals, and such like.
  2. At no time shall a member wear any Campaign Medal (including Ribbons), Service Medal (including Ribbons) and/or Honour (including Ribbons and/or insignia) that the member was not awarded and permitted to wear on duty during his or her Service as a member of HM Armed Forces.
  3. Group Leadership may require to see Proof of Entitlement or a copy of the Citation accompanying such decoration(s) in some cases, and members should be prepared to produce such proofs and/or Citations as may be required, before medals and/or ribbons are worn. The London Gazzette archives may also be consulted in the case of Service Medals and Honours.
  4. The rule of thumb here is: "If you didn't earn a gong, don't wear it".

9. RANKS AND BADGES

    1. Members of Cold War Provost, due to the nature of the Regiment we seek to portray, wear badges of rank as a part of their display uniform (All RMP personnel are at least a Lance Corporal, so as to place them in the military Chain of Command). However, these "Simulated Rank" badges MUST be authorised by Cold War Provost Senior members in advance of their being worn. This authorisation will be promulgated in the "Part Two Orders" system - see SOP 1 below.
    2. In no way does the wearing or authorisation to wear any given rank badge denote that an Cold War Provost member is superior or better than any other member of either Cold War Provost, or any other Living History/Re-Enactment group come to that. The Rank badges worn on your uniforms are purely for show in the displays we conduct, although you will be expected, following training, to follow the general format of duties of the "rank" in question whilst conducting event duties (e.g., running the radio, map board, Pro Info Desk, etc).
    3. The wearing of qualification badges on uniforms is likewise strictly controlled; such qualifications are normally the result of very hard work on the part of a serving soldier, particularly in the case of Parachute, Commando, and Instructor qualifications, and in no way does Cold War Provost intend in any shape form or manner to belittle those servicemen's efforts. As a result, the following procedure should be followed by Members wishing to wear qualification badges on their uniforms:
      1. Members wishing to gain permission to wear specific Qualification badges should in the first instance apply to Senior Cold War Provost membership for permission to wear said badge on their uniform(s).
      2. The appropriate certification, either from attending and passing the requisite course while serving in the Military, or by means of attending and passing any equivalent civilian course, should be presented for proof and/or verification, prior to approval being granted through Part Two orders (see SOP 1.5 below).
      3. Once approval through Part Two orders is granted, Rank and/or Qualification badges may be applied to uniforms in the manner prescribed in the section "Placing badges of Simulated rank and qualification badges on your clothing..." on the Kit And Equipment" page of this website.
      4. A brief guide noting the most common or best recognised qualification badges and the qualification requirements therein is noted on the above-mentioned page and section.
    4. It should be noted that members not adhering to the processes above will be required to remove, without argument or debate, those badges to which approval has not been granted for wear. Failure to accede to such requests may regarded as a breach of Rule 7 (Conduct) above.

10. WEAPONRY

  1. No Living History or re-enactment group representing a military organisation would be complete without the appropriate weapons for the period as a part of their displays; the following are rules for their possession and use.
  2. Where weapons are to be brought to events in which CWP participates, this will be stated in the Operations Instruction for that event.
  3. Likewise, when weapons are not to be brought to events in which CWP participates, this will be stated in the Operations Instruction for that event.

Weapons used and/or possessed by Cold War Provost members.

  1. All members' weapons shall comply with UK legislation - currently the Firearms Acts, Antisocial Behaviour Act, and Violent Crime Reduction Act, and all the regulations leading from these pieces of legislation.
  2. Specifically, only Blank-Firing, Plug-Fire, Airsoft, and/or legally deactivated firearms shall be shall be possessed by Cold War Provost members whilst at the events we attend.
  3. In addition, weapons used by Cold War Provost members at display events shall be RMP-unit-specific: That is, one of the four weapons mentioned in the The uniform and kit guide. In all cases, Senior members will have the final say in whether a weapon is suitable for the display and/or event in question.
  4. At no time shall any Air Weapon or live Firearm (whether or not licenced under the Firearms Acts) and/or live ammunition (whether or not licenced under the Firearms Acts) be brought to any training, Airsoft, or Living History/Re-Enactment event that Cold War Provost attends.

Display of weapons in public places and/or in transit.

  1. Except in the case of Public Events where Cold War Provost are conducting a display, where the correct authorisation has been given to display such weaponry at that event, no weapon shall be displayed in a public place, either while in transit or on any other occasion (Firearms Acts and the Antisocial Behaviour Act apply).
  2. Specifically, all weapons shall be either locked in a suitable carriage case, or secured in an all-covering gun slip or other bag or case.
  3. In addition, in the case of blank-firing and/or PFC weapons, at no time shall anything other than inert, uncharged, or expended ammunition be stored in the same carriage case gun slip or other bag or case as the weapon in question.

11. MEMBERSHIP CARDS

    1. Cold War Provost provides a membership card to all members. This is purely a membership card, not an identity card, warrant card, access card, or any other form or style of card. Members are requested to provide a single passport-approved-format colour photograph on joining the group so as to allow for their membership card to be produced.
    2. If a member of Cold War Provost has prior military service, then their former Service number will be entered onto their membership card as their Member Number. Failing this, a suitable member number will be generated for them in an appropriate format.
    3. The membership card remains the property of Cold War Provost at all times. It must be returned on demand, and remains 2007-14, Cold War Provost.
    4. Misuse of membership cards is a serious offence, and may have legal repercussions for the member misusing the card. Needless to say, any member found to have been misusing the membership card could well face expulsion from Cold War Provost.

12. LIST OF RULES

    1. These rules are not exhaustive, and may be added to and/or amended at any time without prior or current notification or warning.

Cold War Provost SOs & SOPs
(Standing Orders & Standard Operating procedures)

Standing Orders and/or Standard Operating Procedures are here to keep us safe and help us, not hinder or impede us in our Cold War Provost activities. You should therefore do your level best to follow them. Remember: If in doubt - ASK!

SOP 1. "PART ONE AND TWO ORDERS"

    1. From time to time, "Part One and Two Orders" will be promulgated within Cold War Provost, normaly via a posting on this web site, which might be echoed on whichever internet-based forum we are using at the time (c.20 was the original place for this, but was vandalised by outsiders, and the forum susequently closed).
    2. In the British Army, "Part One and Two Orders" are used to publish important and/or timely information and announcements to all personnel at regimental level and below, to issue certain administrative orders to those persons, and to authorise qualification awards and NCO promotions. Their use and authority is granted by virtue ofthe Queens Reguations For The Army, 1975.
    3. Cold War Provost will be no different in this regard, and it makes sense to use this format, as Part One and Part Two Orders are a feature of Military Life - and thus, while not having any form of regulation or law to back them, they should be a feature of this Living History Group, even if only ever aimed at ourselves!
    4. "Part One Orders" will contain details about Deployments (to events), Admin Orders, Courses, Course results, and other similar matters.
    5. "Part Two Orders" will contain details about Cold War Provost announcements, honours, awards and commendations, promotions, qualifications awards, warning orders (for events and such like) and Operational Matters, such as Rules changes and/or amendments, SOP additions or amendments, and such like.
    6. "Part One and Two Orders" will usually be published together, but this will not always be the case, and they may be publised seperately or not at all.
    7. An example of "Part One and Two Orders" is shown here.

SOP 2. VEHICLE INSURANCE, MOT, TAX DISC, AND REGISTRATION

    1. All vehicles belong to someone; those used by Cold War Provost will naturaly belong to one or more of our members; as such, the vehicle(s) must meet UK laws and regulations pertaining to road-going vehicles.
    2. Specifically, all vehicles MUST be road legal:
      1. They must be registered to the owner ("Current Keeper"),
      2. They must be insured (preferably Fully Comprehensive level insurance for peace of mind of both owner and possible passengers; it is further strongly advised that such insurance should carry an off-road element, in case of off-road parking and/or off-road display positions at events the group attends),
      3. They must possess, where required, a valid and up-to-date MOT certification, and
      4. They must be properly taxed; where issued by the relevent licencing authortity, a current Road Fund Licence disk that is issued for and to that specific vehicle must also be displayed as per the relevent laws and regulations in force at the time.
    3. If a vehicle we wish to use at a display has any one or more of these legal requirements omitted or missing, that vehicle MUST NOT be used.

SOP 3. "MILITARY POLICE" MARKED VEHICLES

Vehicles on public roads

  1. Conversant with UK legislation, all vehicles owned and/or operated by Cold War Provost members, whilst on Public Roads, marked as "Military Police", shall have ALL such markings securely and completely covered or where possible removed (see s2 SOP3 below); this includes all blue-light beacons, and "MILITARY POLICE" markings. Where a vehicle owner is concerned over the legislation, it is highly advisable to consult local civilian Police Constabularies to gain advice and guidance.
  2. If necessary, all "Military Police" markings and blue lights may have to be removed prior to accessing public roads, refitting such markings and lights once at the event in question, and removing them again prior to leaving said event.
  3. Boiled down reference: http://www.ukemergency.co.uk/information/bluelightuse.htm

Vehicles on private land / at events

  1. Whilst on private land and/or at events we attend, the legal restriction on markings is vague at best. Event Organisers should be advised in advance that "Military Police" marked vehicles will form part of the Cold War Provost Stand, and any advice or requirements/conditions they issue must be followed in full.

SOP 4. CONVOY DISCIPLINE

  1. At all times whilst in convoy (two or more Cold War Provost vehicles travelling with each other), the following should be adhered to (It's actual military practice, and will help us to "get in character" for our events!):
  2. Maximum speed: 50 mph (subject to local speed limits: Urban, 30mph, etc)
  3. Headlights (NOT MAIN BEAMS) on at all times, whether day or night.
  4. In dry road conditions, the "two second rule" is to be followed.
  5. In wet (rain, etc) road conditions, the "four second rule" is to be followed.
  6. In Snowy and/or Icy road conditions, the "TEN second rule" is to be followed.
  7. Correct "Mirror, Signal, Manouevre" techniques must be followed.
  8. Finally, all rules of the road, especially those outlined in the Highway Code, must be followed. It's YOUR driving licence, not mine, and you get the points and the fine when/if you foul up!

SOP 5. HANDLING AND USE OF WEAPONRY

Safe Handling of Weapons at events.

  1. In the normal course of conducting event duties/activities, Cold War Provost members shall keep their weapons unloaded, and set to safe. At no time unless permission is granted in advance, or orders are issued at that time by the senior Cold War Provost 'Officer' or 'NCO' present, shall any weapon have a magazine fitted, whether filled with ammunition (of whatever type is applicable to that weapon), or empty.
  2. In addition, at display events, all gas-operated and Battery-operated Airsoft weapons are to have their power source removed or so disconnected that it is difficult and/or time-consuming to re-connect such power source.
  3. This is purely to prevent 'Negligent Discharges', which could, in some cases, cause harm to others, and which must therefore be avoided at all costs.

Use of weapons at events - Range Safety Rules.

  1. Unless display event range safety rules dictate otherwise (specifically by increasing the distance noted here), no weapon of any kind shall be discharged within 50 feet of any road, path, or track - event rules override Cold War Provost SOP in this regard.
  2. Further to this SOP, no blank-firing weapon is to be fired within 30 feet (approximately 10 metres) of a live target - blank ammunition has a habit of discharging particulate matter that can be hazardous to health within a certain range, and dependent upon manufacturer of ammunition, this range varies up to 10 meteres in a few cases.
  3. In the case of Plug-Fire Cartridge (PFC) weapons, no PFC weapon is to be fired within 6 feet (2 metres) of a live target - even though technically no flame or particles should be discharged from the muzzle of a PFC weapon, for a belt and braces approach to health and safety, the general principles regarding blank firing weapons apply.
  4. In the case of Airsoft weaponry, no Airsoft weapon is to be fired at a live target if within TEN FEET (approximately 3 metres): This is a basic range safety ruling that applies to most, if not all, Airsoft playing sites, and is intended to prevent serious injury to other participants.
  5. When firing any kind of weapon at a Living History / Re-Enactment event, irrespective of type, always remember to "aim off" - that is, do not ever aim directly at your 'target' if a human or animal - this is to be considered a mandatory Cold War Provost Range Safety Rule that cannot be overridden by any other organisation.
  6. In the case of Airsoft gaming events (which will only be attended by Cold War Provost if the site is a recognised and properly insured playing site), SOP 5.8 above will obviously not apply, as the object is to shoot the opposition players with 6mm and/or 8mm Airsoft pellets!

SOP 6. GUIDELINES FOR THE CONDUCT OF COLD WAR PROVOST MEMBERS

Conduct with members of the public

  1. When dealing with members of the public, Cold War Provost members should be respectful, especially to veterans of military service (whatever their country and service), polite, and as informative as possible to all questions posed.
  2. Do not argue with their comments, just thank them for their comments, and state that you will bring their comments to the attention of the group as a whole at the next group meeting - just be sure that you do, by the way - it would be rather embarrassing to be picked up on the same matter the next time that person saw us, only to say something like "oops, sorry, I forgot to mention it at the group meeting!"

Conduct with the real Military and/or Non-Cold War Provost Living History groups and/or Re-Enactors

  1. When dealing with the real-world Military, other re-enactors, and Living History group members, military compliments (the salute) should, where required, be paid - even to Living History Re-Enactors portraying military Officers - please remember that no matter what you think of the person wearing the uniform, it's the not the person OR the rank you are paying compliment to, it is the commission (whether simulated or real), and the correct rank applied to other ranks; this is normal military etiquette, and should be observed by Cold War Provost members as a matter of course.
  2. In all cases, no arguments should be entered into with real-world Military personnel and/or fellow re-enactors when in the view of the public - this would diminish both our, and their, standing and particularly our public image, and do the hobby a great disservice as a byproduct.
  3. By all means, disagree on any point or points you feel someone may be incorrect about, but leave it at that - do not get into the endless loop of "No, I'm right, you're wrong," etc arguments!

Conduct with Fellow Cold War Provost members

  1. Naturally, we should all get along with each other. However, there may be occasions (hopefully few and very far between) where someone will be at odds with someone else within Cold War Provost. Whatever the reason or cause, you should at all times show restraint and common sense when dealing with fellow members of Cold War Provost, whatever the cause or reason for disagreement or other problem.
  2. Where a situation gets out of hand, or has the possibility of getting out of hand, the disagreeing members concerned should seek assistance and/or rectification of the problem (if possible) from another member of Cold War Provost.
  3. Remember: you are accountable for your own behaviour at all times!

Conduct of Displays, dioramas, and scenarios with other LH/RE groups

  1. Cold War Provost, like many other groups, will from time to time conduct displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios in concert with other Living History and Re-Enactment groups and their respective members.
  2. In all cases, Health and Safety and Risk Assessments should be conducted prior to the commencement of such displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios.
  3. Prior to the commencement of such displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios, the full consent, permission, and cooperation of all involved parties should be received, preferably in writing.
  4. Under no circumstances are displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios involving any form of full- or semi-contact with other persons (whether pre-arranged and/or kata-like or not) to be conducted unless independent and suitably qualified Emergency Medical Personnel (e.g., St Johns Ambulance, British Red Cross, NHS Ambulance, or other professional medical personnel) have been retained for the event where such displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios are to take place.
  5. In displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios involving displays the use of physical force, it is desirable for all participants to have 'run through' or practiced, what they are to display, so as to avoid accidents and injuries.
  6. In displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios where, exceptionally, arrest/restraint displays might be arranged, it is mandatory to ensure that a "Safe Word" or "Safe Phrase" should be agreed with all participant(s) to ensure than restrained participants can be swiftly and safely released from any form of restraint (mechanical or otherwise) that they may be experiencing, so as to remove the possibility, however it may occur, of any form of physical or psychological distress.
  7. It is desirable for all participants in arrest/restraint displays to have received appropriate Military, Police, Security, or martial arts training, so as to provide the correct understanding of, and ability to deploy, the correct techniques.
  8. Remember: you are accountable for your own actions at all times!

SOP 7. SECURITY AND POLICING

General Police Duties (GPD)

  1. CWP is NOT a Civilian Police Service or Provost branch of the HM Armed Forces whatsoever - we are a 100% civilian group, with no special powers of arrest at all.
  2. There will therefore be NO live GPD conducted at all, for any reason.
  3. Should personnel encounter a situation where a “citizens arrest” may be necessary, they are to bear in mind UK Statute Law (s.24A PACE 1984) BEFORE they even consider becoming involved.
  4. Personnel are also reminded that they alone are responsible for their actions under law, and may well have to defend such actions in a criminal court.
  5. Personnel are therefore recommended to stand well back, and observe only, leaving any required actions to Event & Security staff and the Police, who have such professional training, certification, and licencing to permit them to perform those duties.

Physical Security of displays, vehicles, and encampment areas.

  1. The physical security of displays, vehicles, and camping areas that CWP occupies at events site will be maintained through the three-line system:
    1st Line: Vigilance and physical presence. Where required, members will be assigned to ensure that these locations are not left unattended.
    2nd Line: Event security staff (if available).
    3rd Line: Local Police.
  2. If an event organiser requests that CWP members undertake security work, this request must be firmly but politely declined. Members are strongly reminded that the law requires that any form of work or duty that requires that persons be licenced by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) must NOT be undertaken by unlicenced persons. As a result, security duties, other than the securing of our own displays, vehicles, and encampment areas, will not be undertaken by CWP members under any circumstances whatsoever.

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