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.
- AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS AND/OR CRIMINAL
- POLITICAL AIMS
- PAYMENTS TO MEMBERS
- SENIOR MEMBERS/GROUP LEADERSHIP
- CONDUCT (ALSO SEE SOP 6 BELOW)
- UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
- RANKS AND BADGES
- MEMBERSHIP CARDS
- LIST OF RULES
Standing Orders & Standard Operating Procedures
Cold War Provost Rules
1. AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- 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.
- 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
Type of Group, Membership Period, and Fees
- Cold War Provost Living History Group is an independent
Living History Group.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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
- 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to obtain 3PLI through the F.80 scheme is now withdrawn.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.
- 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.
- Therefore, as at the January 2014 CWP Membership renewal
point, there are currently two levels of CWP membership,
as noted on CWP membership cards:
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).
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- There will be one 'maximum effort'
event in the event calender of each year, this will becalled
the "Flagship Event".
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
- 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
3. CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS AND/OR CRIMINAL
- Cold War Provost believes that people are only
Human, and may make mistakes, and that most people learn
- 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
- However, UK laws and guidelines on the protection of
children, and the safety of Firearms, override (and wisely
so) this policy as follows:
shall not be eligable for membership of Cold
War Provost whatsoever.
- 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),
- 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),
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
7. CONDUCT (ALSO SEE SOP 6 BELOW)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
other words, mind your manners and your "Ps" and "Qs"!
- 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
8. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
Orders of Dress
- 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:
- No. 8 Dress, Duty Order Combat Dress (Period
1960 through 1974).
- No. 8 Dress, Temperate DPM - Combat Dress
- No. 13/14 Dress, Working Dress (Period
Avoiding the "Confusion Factor"
- 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.
- No. 1 (Dress Blues),
- No. 2 (Service Dress), and
- No. 13/14 (Barrack Dress)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The rule of thumb here is: "If you didn't earn
a gong, don't wear it".
9. RANKS AND BADGES
- 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.
- 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).
- 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:
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Where weapons are to be brought to events in which CWP
participates, this will be stated in the Operations Instruction
for that event.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
12. LIST OF RULES
- These rules are not exhaustive, and may be added to
and/or amended at any time without prior or current notification
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 -
SOP 1. "PART ONE AND TWO ORDERS"
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!
- "Part One Orders" will contain details about Deployments
(to events), Admin Orders, Courses, Course results, and
other similar matters.
- "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.
- "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.
- An example of "Part One and Two Orders" is
SOP 2. VEHICLE INSURANCE, MOT, TAX DISC,
- 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.
- Specifically, all vehicles MUST be road legal:
- They must be registered to the owner ("Current
- 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
- They must possess, where required, a valid
and up-to-date MOT certification, and
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Boiled down reference: http://www.ukemergency.co.uk/information/bluelightuse.htm
Vehicles on private land / at events
- 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
- 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!):
- Maximum speed: 50 mph (subject to local speed limits:
Urban, 30mph, etc)
- Headlights (NOT MAIN BEAMS) on at all times, whether
day or night.
- In dry road conditions, the "two second rule" is to
- In wet (rain, etc) road conditions, the "four second
rule" is to be followed.
- In Snowy and/or Icy road conditions, the "TEN second
rule" is to be followed.
- Correct "Mirror, Signal, Manouevre" techniques must
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Conduct with the real Military and/or Non-Cold War Provost
Living History groups and/or Re-Enactors
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember: you are accountable for your own behaviour
at all times!
Conduct of Displays, dioramas, and scenarios with other LH/RE groups
- 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.
- In all cases, Health and Safety and Risk Assessments should be conducted prior to the commencement of such displays, dioramas, and/or scenarios.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember: you are accountable for your own actions at all times!
SOP 7. SECURITY AND POLICING
General Police Duties (GPD)
- 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
- There will therefore be
NO live GPD conducted at all, for any reason.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- The physical security of displays, vehicles, and camping
areas that CWP occupies at events site will be maintained
through the three-line system:
||Vigilance and physical
presence. Where required, members will be assigned
to ensure that these locations are not left unattended.
||Event security staff
- 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