Military Police (Republic of Korea)
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (May 2019)
The Republic of Korea Military Police (MP; in Korean: 헌병, "Heon-byeong"), are the uniformed law enforcement agencies of each respective branch of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Once operated under a unified Military Police Command (헌병총사령부, "Heon-byeong Chong-sa-ryeong-bu") between 1953 and 1960, the ROK's MP units are now commanded by the Army, Navy and Air Force HQs separately. ROK Army MPs also function as a border guards at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
DMZ Border Guards
All ROK troops guarding and patrolling inside the DMZ are officially MPs, although their equipment is that of elite ROK-army units such as body-armor/combat vests, night-vision equipment, optical sights for the Daewoo K2, etc. The reason why these soldiers are MPs is because the armistice that was signed in 1953 that ended the Korean War requires both sides (the North and the South) to restrict access inside the DMZ to MPs only, which means no vehicles, no squad-served weapons (such as mortars and HMGs) and no regular units of the army.
The ROK MP has the following small-arms in their inventory:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Military police of South Korea.|
|This article about the military of South Korea is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|