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I've been pulled over by Military Police before off base on a public highway, but near the base. Do jurisdictions vary state by state/ base by base?
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SSgt Tony Lamb
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Hi, SPC Bernardy.

If the MPs maintain some concurrent jurisdiction with the local authorities, they can pull you over.
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Savage Hornpoke
Savage Hornpoke
7 mo
I just got pulled over off base by military police for speeding in Kuwait. I don't want to talk about what the Kuwait Interior Ministry gave them the right to police off base, what I want to talk about is the laws of the United States which US Military Police are governed by in Military Courts. I believe I have a right to challenge the ticket in some sort of court that is US and not Kuwait. So how is that going to work, since the US Military Police are enforcing Kuwait laws?
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Savage Hornpoke
Savage Hornpoke
7 mo
Savage Hornpoke - How can you serve two masters? Legally? It is a level of confusion that should not be allowed to exist. Working in Kuwait is hard enough not to be harassed by this kind of behavior from people who are supposed to be on the same team.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
SSgt Joseph Baptist
7 mo
SCPO (Join to see) - "I am wondering what kind of situation or scenario would create a 'concurrent jurisdiction?"

I have been on several military installations where housing areas are shared with non-military government agencies, and even public housing, or where there is a military "housing annex" located off of the installation, in the civilian community. These are prime candidates for a joint or shared jursidiction agreement.
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SSG Darrell Peters
SSG Darrell Peters
3 mo
Savage Hornpoke - when you get a ticket from an MP. It falls under federal Jurisdiction. If you wish to challenge the ticket then you go before a U.S. Magistrate. The question is which judicial district? I got a ticket at Fort Knox many moons ago. a friend I went to college with is a Deputy U.S. Marshal. he told me I could challenge the ticket in the Magistrate Court. I live in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Fort Knox is the Western District of Kentucky so to challenge the ticket I had to go to the Federal Court House in Louisville, KY. On the back of the ticket it also gives instructions on when and where to challenge the ticket. So read the back of any citation and it will tell you what you need to do.
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SSG Ed Mikus
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post boundaries seldom line up with the post gates/fences. there should be a 3 foot by 2 foot white sign telling you that you are now on military property and are subject to military jurisdiction. this often includes public roads around the country but on to your question, yes every installation makes their own arraignment with the state with regards to jurisdiction lines for policing duties.
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LT Michael Scott
LT Michael Scott
3 y
The question is do they need to be sworn in the county they pull you over? No for a couple of reasons, depending on where you were when they had cause is all that matters, but the fact that they represent the United States Government, I'd say their area extends not only to the 50 states and U.S. territories but Embassies and certain reservations.
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SrA Tony Schamberger
SrA Tony Schamberger
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The law that applies to situations where state and federal laws disagree is called the supremacy clause, which is part of article VI of the Constitution. The supremacy clause contains what’s known as the doctrine of pre-emption, which says that the federal government wins in the case of conflicting legislation. Basically, if a federal and state law contradict, then when you’re in the state you can follow the state law, but the feds can decide to stop you.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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Yes. It's not about the bases "physical boundaries" but the MP's "jurisdictional control" (coordinated with the State).

As an example, I live near MCB Quantico. The bases' actual physical limits are very defined, however there are places which are "controlled" by the base. This includes the Marine Corps Museum (located right outside the main gate in Triangle VA) and the area between Mainside and TBS (I95 is between the two halves).
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SFC Ernest Thurston
SFC Ernest Thurston
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I remember when MPS used to make traffic stops on US Rt 1 which cut Ft Belvoir in half. As the area got more congested they stopped doing it. I'm also familiar MCB Quauntico. I lived in Q town for 7 years. When I was stationed at the Presidio of Sa Francisco we had jurisdiction on both sides of the Golden Gate bridge, Ft Pion and many of the local beaches. A lot of people would use the Presidio as a short cut not realizing they were on a military installation until they got pulled over by the MPS (or as I was called by one civilian the Gestapo)
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