MILITARY POLICE OFFICER
I’m Major Adam Battista from Saint-Jean, Quebec. I’m a Military Police Officer and the Commandant of the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy in Borden, Ontario.
I’m Captain Kirsten Pilotte from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Military Police Officer and Operations Officer for the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service in Ottawa, Ontario.
BATTISTA: Military Police Officers lead and support approximately 1,300 Military Police who serve a community of 90,000 regular and reserve-force members of the Canadian Armed Forces, in Canada and around the world.
We’re officers who ensure the safety of the civilian and military communities in which we serve through crime prevention and law enforcement activities. We also deploy domestically and internationally as part of the Canadian Armed Forces, ensuring that discipline and the rule of law are maintained. As a Military Police Officer, your job is to provide leadership and direction to military police, and guidance to other leaders in the Forces on issues that affect security and policing services.
PILOTTE: Your job is to lead the men and women under your command - to ensure that they have the support they require to successfully complete their missions. You’ll receive extensive specialized training and you’ll be given numerous opportunities to hone your skills and accumulate professional experience.
BATTISTA: In most other law enforcement organizations, you start off on patrol and often remain there for several years or even your entire career. Opportunities for senior level training are limited.
As a qualified Military Police Officer, you won’t be stuck on patrol - the types of duties you perform can change regularly. There are many opportunities to advance your career and you use your leadership skills and training immediately under supervision as a Junior Officer.
PILOTTE: If you’re accepted as a Military Police Officer, you’ll go through basic officer training in Saint-Jean, Quebec, followed by Common Army Phase training in Gagetown, New Brunswick, where you’ll be instructed in basic combat leadership tactics and skills for officers. Then you’ll head to the new, state-of-the-art Canadian Forces Military Police Academy in Borden, Ontario, to complete you Military Police Officer Course.
BATTISTA: The Basic Officer training course lasts about 20 weeks. It covers a huge range of topics, from enforcing Canadian criminal and military laws, to military code of service discipline, to learning the basics of police work, including lawful use of force when making an arrest. The course not only trains you to be a police officer, but also how to lead them. You’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the tasks your men and women will perform and how you can best support them.
PILOTTE: After you complete your Military Police Officer training, you may be put in charge of a military police detachment conducting day-to-day policing activities, or a field platoon preparing for the next Canadian Armed Forces deployment. This is the only police force where you could be employed not just anywhere in Canada, but anywhere in the world. We’re this country's front-line police service.
BATTISTA: Later in your career you will have the chance to undergo specialized training in security, surveillance, close protection, working as an Air Marshall, cyber security, drug interdiction, counter-intelligence, and even major-crime investigations, often in collaboration with other Canadian and International Police Corps.
BATTISTA: As a Military Police Officer, most of your time is spent on the management and administration of your command. You’re responsible for your subordinates, infrastructure and overseeing operations. This primarily involves a lot of planning, organization and providing personal guidance and direction to your team.
PILOTTE: My MP work for me. They do the policing and I work for them, ensuring they have the tools, the training and support to do their jobs. Whether it’s taking care of their professional development, their leave, or some personal issue, it’s all part of being an officer to me.
BATTISTA: The way I look at it is we’re a team. I have my job and they have theirs. I respect them for what they do and I work hard to earn their respect. That’s what makes an effective Military Police Commander. I know the decisions I make in battle or in routine policing will have an impact on the Military Police in my unit. Some could make the difference between life and death. So I need them to trust me to make the right decisions, and in order for that to happen, we have to respect each other.
PILOTTE: Since I joined the military, I've gained experience and skills that no other police organization can offer. I’ve traveled and worked with some of the finest police forces in Canada and around the world and look forward to seeing you in the future.
MILITARY POLICE OFFICER