The chief master-at-arms (CMAA), often called
the sheriff, is responsible to the executive officer for
maintaining good order and discipline. Personnel of
the MAA rating usually fill this billet on larger ships.
On ships not having a CMAA, a chief petty officer
from another rating usually will be appointed by the
commanding officer and will be assigned CMAA as a
collateral duty. If you are not part of the MA rating and
are assigned to the MAA force, your tour of duty
usually will be 6 months.
If you are assigned as an MAA, your job will
require tact, a lot of common sense, and thorough
knowledge of Navy and command regulations.
Remember, an MAA is much like a police officer and,
as such, must be courteous and friendly and must
enforce regulations without favor to anyone.
SHORE PATROL MISSION AND DUTIES
During your career, you will normally have the
opportunity of being assigned to shore patrol (SP)
duties. SP may be for a tour of duty or it may be for
24 hours or less. Your primary mission will be to
preserve order among members of the armed forces
who are on leave or in a liberty status. You should
always be courteous and fair and keep a cool head at all
times. You will be required to give assistance and
information when necessary and to apprehend or
otherwise control military personnel who violate the
law or regulations. The shore patrol also apprehends
deserters and members of the armed services who are
The Secretary of the Navy has delegated the
authority to create a shore patrol to the naval area
representatives and to the senior officer present in any
area outside the continental limits of the United States.
Shore patrol duties in foreign countries will vary from
nation to nation according to treaties, agreements, and
as directed by the senior officer present.
Duties within the United States
Shore patrol units, located within the United States
and its territorial possessions, are limited to the
following two functions:
1. They perform court liaison functions with
civilian law enforcement agencies and courts in the
immediate area. Court liaison functions are limited to
the provision of an official Navy point of contact for the
courts, the provision of advice for individuals and local
commands, and court appearances with individuals
from deployed commands.
2. They receive courtesy turnovers. Courtesy
turnovers are limited to those individuals whose
behavior and attitude are acceptable and who desire to
be returned to the custody of their parent command.
Courtesy turnovers will be accepted from jails, police
stations, and so forth, but not directly from police
officers on the scene.
The following are some of the duties of the shore
They render assistance to members of the armed
forces. As a shore patrol member, you should be able to
supply information on curfew, out-of-bounds areas and
establishments, uniform regulations, and lodging
accommodations. You also should have knowledge of
transportation, recreational facilities, first-aid
procedures, and the locations of hospitals or other
medical treatment centers.
They maintain good order and discipline among
military personnel and apprehend all unauthorized
absentees (and other offenders as necessary). As a shore
Which of the following factors will determine
if a PO3 is assigned as a section leader?
Size of the command
Number of personnel assigned to your
Both 1 and 2 above
Number of the departments in the
Which, if any, of the following
responsibilities belong to the police petty
Keeping the quarterdeck clear of
Serving as court liaison
None of the above