They report conditions or practices that appear
prejudicial to the welfare of military personnel. The
shore patrol must be alert for signs of uncleanliness or
violations of sanitation and fire laws by restaurants,
taverns, or dance halls patronized by service personnel.
If any violations are found, notify your duty officer. The
shore patrol always should be on the lookout for fire
hazards. Check all exits to make sure that all people in
the establishment can escape in case of fire.
Remember, as a shore patrol member, you are
concerned not only with the health and welfare of service
personnel but also with the health and welfare of
civilians within your area of duty. If you make a careful
inspection and turn in an unfavorable report, you may
make a few enemies, but you also may save many lives.
misrepresentation, or other illegal or shady practices
should be investigated. If the complaints continue, notify
the shore patrol officer. If such practices are continued,
the establishment can be placed off limits.
Personal Appearance and Conduct
When standing shore patrol duties, you are dealing
with two communitiesthe military and the civilian.
You must always present a sharp appearance. Be in a
correct, clean, and neat uniform. Your hair must be
neatly groomed, shoes shined, and hat squared. Service
personnel are quick to notice and criticize faults in the
uniform and behavior of the shore patrol. The people in
the civilian community get their impressions of our
armed forces from the way you look. You are an
ambassador of the United States and the U.S. Navy. In
other words, wear your uniform with pride at all times.
Your conduct as a member of the shore patrol
reflects directly on the Navy and the United States. You
are constantly in public view and must maintain a
reputation for smartness, alertness, and efficiency. Never
lounge or lean against buildings or objects, and public
smoking is prohibited. Refrain from prolonged
conversations outside the line of duty. Do not congregate
with other patrol members except in the line of duty, and
never linger in any public place or establishment. The
authority vested in the shore patrol is represented by the
uniform and brassard. You may exercise this authority
only in the performance of assigned shore patrol duties.
When you are not on duty, you have the same status as
any other member of the armed forces not on duty.
You are never allowed to use your shore patrol
credentials to solicit favors, gifts, or gratuities.
Furthermore, these concessions should never be accepted
when offered. When eating ashore as a member of the
shore patrol, you must pay regular prices, whether on
duty, on liberty, or on leave.
Members of the shore patrol are forbidden to drink
any form of an intoxicating beverage or any other form
of intoxicant while on duty or at any other time that may
be prescribed by the shore patrol officer.
Remember, you must maintain respectful and
friendly relations with the civil authorities and the
civilian community in general. Be alert to your duty by
preventing disharmony prejudicial to the armed forces.
The shore patrol has jurisdiction over all members
of the armed forces. You have the authority to take
corrective action against any member of the armed
forces who breaks regulations or the law. The corrective
actions include apprehension, if necessary; but
apprehensions should not be made if corrective measures
When standing shore patrol duties, you normally
have no jurisdiction over civilians. When dealing with
civilians in the continental United States, a member of
the shore patrol may do only what any other citizen may
docall on the civil police for assistance. If a civilian is
in the act of committing a felony, you can and should
place the individual under citizen's arrest. Every citizen
has the right and the moral duty to stop crime and
apprehend a criminal.
Today many military personnel are allowed to wear
civilian clothes ashore. Wearing civilian clothing does
not free Sailors from the jurisdiction of the shore patrol.
If persons in civilian attire are creating a disturbance, for
instance, and you have reason to suspect they are service
members, request they show their identification (ID)
cards. If they refuse, seek the assistance of the civil
Foreign military personnel serving under a command
of the U.S. Armed Forces also may be apprehended by
the shore patrol. They may be apprehended under the
same circumstances that justify the apprehension of U.S.
Armed Forces personnel.