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The Póilíní Airm
is the corps of the Irish Army
The Irish Army, officially named simply the Army is the main branch of the Defence Forces of Ireland. Approximately 8,500 men and women serve in the Irish Army, divided into three infantry Brigades...
responsible for the provision of policing service personnel and providing a military police
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presence to forces while on exercise and deployment. Its tasks increase during wartime to include traffic control organisation and POW
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control. The Póilíní Airm are distinguished from other units by their wearing of a red beret.
The Póilíní Airm enjoy a close working relationship with An Garda Síochána (the national police force of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...
) at both national and local levels, with the Gardaí providing specialist training to the Póilíní Airm in criminal investigation.
The Corps has four regular army companies:
- 1 Brigade Military Police Company
- 2 Brigade Military Police Company
- Military Police Government Buildings Company
- 4 Brigade Military Police Company
- Defence Force Training Centre Military Police Company
The three brigade companies provide general policing support to each of the army's territorial brigades. The DFTC company provides similar support to the Defence Force Training Centre. In addition, there are three companies that are part of the Army Reserve
The Army Reserve is the land component of the Reserve Defence Forces . It is the second line reserve of the Army. The Army Reserve is a part-time, fully voluntary organisation, and is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of Ireland, the other element being the Naval Service Reserve.It...
- 31 Reserve Military Police Company
- 54 Reserve Military Police Company
- 62 Reserve Military Police Company