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3rd Military Police Group (CID)

The 3rd Military Police Group (Criminal Investigation Division), headquartered in Fort Gillem, Georgia, supports commanders by conducting criminal investigations of serious, sensitive or special interest matters; preventing crime; preserving the force and Army resources in peacetime, combat and contingency operations throughout the Group's area of operations. As of 2010, the group consisted of 4 battalions located at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Myer, Virginia, as well as the only airborne battalion in CID at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was responsible for all felony criminal investigation matters with a US Army interest throughout an area of operation encompassing the eastern half of the United States, the Caribbean, Central America (less Mexico) and South America. Among key supported Army field elements within the 3rd Military Police Group's (CID) area of responsibility were the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; and the 10th Mountain Division, at Fort Drum, New York. The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) provided direct mission support to the Combatant Commanders, US Central Command and US Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.; US Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; and the US Southern Command, Miami.

As of mid-February 2002, US Central Command's (CENTCOM) area of responsibility comprised the 25 countries in Southwest Asia (Northern Red Sea Region, South and Central Asia Arabian Peninsula and Iraq, and the Horn of Africa). Investigative support to this operational theater included: Criminal investigations of felony crimes, logistical security, criminal intelligence assessments, personal security protection for Department of Defense officials and visiting foreign dignitaries, force protection and safeguarding of critical resources in peacetime, combat and contingency operations. The 3rd Military Police Group also worked with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and used the latest equipment, systems and investigative techniques to accomplish its mission.

The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was responsible for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois (less the counties of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe), Minnesota, Iowa; the Commonwealths of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico; the District of Columbia, the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Prince Edwards Island, the Northwest Territories of Canada east of longitude 97 degrees west; the Gulf of Mexico; Central America less Mexico; that portion of the Pacific Ocean east of longitude 90 degrees west, but including the Galapagos Islands; South America; the Caribbean Sea, that portion of the Atlantic Ocean west of longitude 30 degrees west including all of Greenland, but excluding the Azores Islands.

The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was a tactical headquarters located in Fort Gillem, Georgia. The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) had 4 organic battalions: the 10th Military Police Battalion, 1000th Military Police Battalion, the Fort Benning CID Battalion, and the Washington District CID Battalion. The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was organized into a command group and 7 staff divisions, including personnel and administration, operations, logistics, resource management, staff judge advocate, information management and a Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment.

The 3rd Military Police Group was first constituted on 9 March 1965 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Military Police Group and activated on 24 March 1965 at Fort McPherson, Georgia. It was inactivated on 15 February 1972 at Fort McPherson, Georgia.

The Group was reactivated on 16 September 1992 at Fort Gillem, Georgia. Special Agents assigned to the 3rd Military Police Group (CID) used every tool available to investigate the wide range of criminal activities occurring within their area of responsibility. Extensive coordination and liaison with local, state, federal, and other Military Criminal Investigative Organizations (MCIOs) ensure mutual cooperation and resolve in multi-jurisdictional cases. Reserve CID agents aligned with 3rd Military Police Group (CID) were extensively used to help complete investigations and personal security missions. Reserve agents were also deployed in support of contingency operations in Bosnia and Kosovo.

From investigating major identity theft cases to war crimes in Bosnia and Kosovo, the unit's agents investigate the full spectrum of criminal activity that affected US Army interest within its area of responsibility. The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was continuously enhancing its agents' technical abilities to investigate non-mainstream offenses such as emerging economic and worker's compensation fraud crimes.

The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) was actively involved in the prevention of gang and extremist-related activities through its collaborative efforts with local authorities to keep these elements off Army installations. It played a vital role in force protection by providing: Criminal Intelligence Estimates, Personal Security Vulnerability Assessments, Criminal Analysis and Threat Assessments (CATAs), and Crime Prevention Surveys to assist commanders in maintaining a command environment conducive to safeguarding our installations and personnel.




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