The Joint Military Police Unit is a tri-service unit providing an intelligence-informed, responsive, mission orientated and preventative policing capability to support ADF Commanders at all levels. Military Police are authorised to perform Military Police Functions delivering law enforcement, discipline, command and mission support effects to the wider ADF Community.
The unit was renamed in March 2018, and transitioned to the command of the Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC), Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald AM, CSC. As the unit matures and moves to absorb the ADF’s General Duty policing capability by the end of 2019, the ADF will be supported by a fully integrated Joint Policing Capability that will see all ADF Military Police aligned across the three services in the delivery of policing effects, and under the Provost Marshal ADF’s command.
The JMPU has a vast area of operation within Australia and overseas. Each Defence region has a regional MP Station with smaller detachments operating within remote locations. JMPU currently provides investigative capability to deployed operations through the relevant Joint Task Force, and in its mature state will also provide General Duties policing support.
The Role of Military Policing To police the Force and provide Police Support to the Force through the provision of organic police to protect personnel, populations, and material, and to maintain order and enforce the law.
Strategic Operating Environment Military Police operate across, and as part, of the whole Force. Their contribution to Command Support and Law Enforcement is best achieved through adopting preventative and proactive actions, founded in intelligence-led and evidence based policing.
The Provost Marshal ADF (PMADF) and Commander JMPU, is responsible for the delivery of policing capability, currently consisting primarily of investigations (ADFIS) within the joint environment. In its mature state the JMPU will also provide General Duties policing support.
To provide assured and professional Military Police, including Investigative Services, to the ADF at home and on operations, in order to protect its values, people, resources and reputation.
Military Police provide a modern, professional and trusted policing capability in support of the ADF across the spectrum of domestic and overseas operations.
The Role of Military Policing
To police the Force and provide Police Support to the Force through the provisions of organic police to protect personnel, populations, and material, and to maintain order and enforce the law.
Strategic Operating Environment
Military Police operate across and as part of the whole Force. Their contribution to Command Support and Law Enforcement is best achieved through adopting preventative and proactive actions founded in an intelligence-led and evidence based policing.
The Provost Marshal ADF (PMADF) and Commander JMPU, is responsible for the delivery of policing capability, consisting primarily of investigations (ADFIS) within the joint environment.
As the sixth PM-ADF and inaugural Commander of the newly established Joint Military Police Unit, COL Nick Surtees has been at the forefront of Military Policing Reform Implementation.
Having grown up in Tasmania, he joined the Army in late 1989 and graduated from the Royal Military College in 1991. After a brief period in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, COL Surtees transferred to the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.
As a LT, COL Surtees served as a Platoon Commander in the 1st Military Police Company from 1993 to 1995. On promotion to CAPT in 1996, he served as the Operations Officer of 3rd Military Police Company and was then employed as the Adjutant of the Command and Staff Wing, 3rd Training Group. COL Surtees served on operations in early 2000, initially as Operations Officer of the multinational Force Military Police Company in International Force East Timor and then raised and headed the Joint Provost Marshal Cell in the Australian National Command Element as part of the follow on United Nations mission.
In June 2000, COL Surtees transferred to the Army Reserve taking up civilian employment as a Contract Manager (later as the Branch Manager) with a recruiting company. In this role, he was responsible for the supply of large numbers of casual staff on a daily basis to several industrial type businesses (included contracts with large businesses such as TOLL IPEC). In April 2001 COL Surtees returned to full time employment in the Army at the Soldier Career Management Agency.
On promotion to MAJ in 2003, COL Surtees was posted to Land HQ in a personnel role. In 2004 he was posted to Combat Training Centre and in 2005/06 he served as the Officer Commanding the 1st Military Police Company in Townsville. He completed the Australian Command and Staff College in 2007.
On promotion to LTCOL, COL Surtees was posted to Army HQ, in 2008 he served as the SO1 Workforce Plans, in 2009 he was the SO1 Organisation and in 2010 he served as the Provost Marshal–Army. In January 2011 he was posted to 1st Military Police Battalion as the Commanding Officer. During this posting COL Surtees deployed to Afghanistan on three brief occasions to audit Defence detainee handling and detention arrangements. He also undertook significant modernisation of the 1st Military Police Battalion by aligning the unit with Plan Beersheba. In 2014 COL Surtees was posted to Military Strategic Commitments as the SO1 Strategic Effects. In this role COL Surtees was heavily involved in strategic planning and production of ministerial correspondence relating to the ADFs role in Iraq, Special Collections Operations and responses to the Malaysia Airline disasters. COL Surtees also spent some time on secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet undertaking classified work. In 2015 COL Surtees was posted to the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service as the Director of Operations and in July 2017 he was appointed, on promotion, the Provost Marshal–Australian Defence Force / Commanding Officer Joint Service Police Group.
In 2003 COL Surtees was awarded a Bachelors degree in Management and Professional Studies by Southern Cross University. In 2004 he was awarded the Graduate Diploma of Resource Management. In 2007 COL Surtees was awarded the Graduate Diploma of Management in Defence Studies and the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Planning and Management by the University of NSW.
Nicholas Surtees and his wife Raelene have two sons and a daughter. Recreational interests include kayaking, camping, bicycle riding and family gatherings.
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