The PMF is regarded as a crucial event in view of the fact that the NATO Military Police Centre of Excellence is an organisation which enhances capabilities of NATO Military Police type forces, fosters interoperability, and provides subject matter expertise in MP activities in accordance with the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.
PMF21-7, initially planned to take place in Croatia, was conducted from 16 to 18 March in an online mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What was a fundamental difference of this year’s edition of our event when compared with the previous years, was the use of a NATO SECRET network in addition to a standard CISCO WEBEX application.
The main objectives were to maintain the event as a working platform facilitating Provost Marshals’ cooperation, and gather information about the latest developments in NATO and the newly established NATO units. Moreover, it served to convey decisions taken during the Military Police Panel and Military Police Chiefs Conference, notify about the current situation regarding the role of MP in exercises and operations, and to share experience concerning MP-related activities.
The lectures were given not only by the NATO MP COE members, but also by the invited guest/keynote speakers from highly respected organisations and institutions, such as:
• Australian Defence Force,
• Bundeswehr Military Police Command,
• NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps,
• NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence,
• Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe,
• Swedish Defence University.
The Provost Marshal Forum 2021-7 constituted a great opportunity to strengthen and enhance cooperation/collaboration amongst Provost Marshals in order to exchange information, provide expertise, capture lessons learned and best practices, as well as to develop common strategies to support the fulfilment of the PM tasks.