The Army's Top Cop: Newly Assigned General Leads Fight Against Crime

By Mr Colby T Hauser (USACIDC)March 19, 2012

QUANTICO, VA, March 19, 2012 -- Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock recently assumed responsibility as the 14th Provost Marshal General of the United States Army and took command of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, as well as the Army Corrections Command (ACC).

Serving a population of more than 1 million Soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members worldwide, Maj. Gen. Quantock is directly responsible for all policing functions within the Army as well as leading and directing the Military Police Corps.

"The job is really three-hatted," Maj. Gen. Quantock said. "You've got the Criminal Investigation Command, which is CID; you've also got the Corrections Command, which owns all of the jails or detention facilities; but you've also got the Provost Marshal General of the Army, so you have the responsibility for all law enforcement Army-wide."

Now several months into the job, Maj. Gen. Quantock leads and shapes one of the largest professional law enforcement organizations in the United States that is currently deployed worldwide and conducting the full spectrum of policing functions in every operational environment imaginable. Across the U.S. and around the world, wherever the Army operates, so too does Army Law Enforcement.

With more than 50,000 enlisted, warrant and commissioned officers currently comprising the Military Police Corps, and thousands of Department of the Army civilian police officers, special agents, security and criminal intelligence professionals, Army Law Enforcement is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Reporting directly to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, Maj. Gen. Quantock provides the Army's senior leadership a comprehensive, single-source for all law enforcement matters affecting the Army worldwide.

During Maj. Gen. Quantock's change of command ceremony, the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli stressed the significance of the mission carried out by the men and women of the military police community and his confidence in Maj. Gen. Quantock as he assumed the position as the Army's top law enforcement professional.

"Maj. Gen. Quantock is well-qualified and I am confident he is up for the challenge," he said.

General Chiarelli said the men and women of the Office of the Provost Marshal General, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Army Corrections Command have done a phenomenal job and thanked them for ensuring the safety of the greater Army community.

"I am absolutely certain he's the right person to lead this organization in the days ahead and I look forward to working with him on issues of great importance to our Army and the Nation," he added.

As the Provost Marshal General (PMG), Maj. Gen. Quantock's areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Intelligence Fusion, Corrections, Forensics, Physical Security, High Risk Personnel Security, Antiterrorism and Detention Operations.

As a member of the Department of the Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Quantock and the OPMG develop the policies and procedures that impact all law enforcement activities executed by the military police corps, ensuring that those entrusted with enforcing the law continue to assist, protect and defend the U.S. Army, its families and communities.

As the commander of the ACC, Maj. Gen. Quantock is responsible for the policy, programming, resourcing, and support to Army Corrections System (ACS) facilities and its supporting units worldwide.

Few organizations are as diversified as the Army's Military Police Corps. Within its ranks, both men and women alike, serve in every law enforcement specialty from K-9 handler to criminal investigator, patrolman to Special Reaction Team member. However, these missions are not confined to just posts, camps and stations, but are carried out during combat operations, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts and in support of the United States, its citizens and its allies.

On the front lines of combating crime, often impacting the national landscape, is the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. High profile cases like the questionable practices and improper former management at Arlington National Cemetery to the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, are just a couple of examples of the investigations conducted by CID Special Agents.

Deterred by neither fear nor prejudice, CID's mission is clear: diligently seek the truth to help bring those few who commit crimes within or against the Army to justice.

As the Commanding General of CID, the Army's premier investigative agency, Maj. Gen. Quantock leads an organization whose members perform an extremely sensitive yet essential mission by serving the greater Army community and assisting their fellow Soldiers, often on what could be the worst day of their lives.

Major General Quantock said that one of the great things about the Army is the organization's dedication to figure out what went wrong, charge those who commit crimes and then hold them accountable by the rule of law.

Headquartered at Quantico, Va., CID is a global network of highly-trained Special Agents responsible for investigating felony-level crime. These law enforcement professionals not only investigate crime, but conduct logistics security operations and assessments, criminal intelligence and economic crime/extremist criminal activity threat assessments. On the battlefield, CID investigations are expanded to include war crimes, as well as, anti-terrorism and force protection missions.

On average, CID investigates approximately 10,000 felony cases annually. CID Special Agents are actively engaged with their fellow law enforcement professionals at the Federal, state, city and county levels, often conducting joint and/or collateral investigations which are routinely, and successfully, prosecuted in military, as well as Federal, state and foreign judicial venues across the globe.

One unique aspect of CID Special Agents is their level of involvement throughout an investigation, specifically the process by which crimes are investigated. Some federal law enforcement agencies and/or major police departments utilize crime scene crews or evidence collection teams to process a crime scene. CID Special Agents process the scene themselves. By collecting evidence, photographing and recreating events, the special agent is afforded an intimate knowledge of what took place.

In addition to conventional investigative units, CID possesses highly specialized organizations that perform crucial missions for both the Army and the Department of Defense.

The Protective Services Battalion (PSB) is tasked with providing personal protection for key Department of Defense and Department of the Army officials worldwide. This high profile mission is mandated by Congress and includes protecting the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and when requested, foreign military dignitaries, general officers and VIPs visiting Army installations world-wide.

The command's Major Procurement Fraud Unit, or MPFU, is another specialized unit that brings to the fight a wealth of experience in forensic accounting, law and logistics, and is well versed in the investigation of fraud and corruption cases. MPFU has the distinct honor of being one of a handful of organizations within the Department of Defense that actually creates revenue for the United States government. Throughout the past decade, MPFU has been instrumental with more than $2.1 billion dollars returned to the U.S. Treasury and the Army.

As the Army's cyber-detectives, the Computer Crimes Investigative Unit's (CCIU) primary mission is to conduct criminal investigations of intrusions and related malicious activities involving Army computers and networks. A highly respected player within the cyber security community, several CCIU Special Agents and alumni have been recognized by leading law enforcement organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Office of the United States Attorney General.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), located just outside Atlanta, Ga., provides forensic laboratory services to all DoD investigative agencies, as well as to other federal law enforcement agencies from time to time. The laboratory conducts state-of-the-art forensic examinations in Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Serology, DNA, Latent Prints, Forensic Documents, Digital Evidence and Firearms and Tool marks.

Major General Quantock continually stresses the importance of setting the right example for the Army, as well as ensuring the ethical and moral conduct of Army Law Enforcement organizations and its members because they are the standard-bearers by which everything is measured against.

Looking to the future, Maj. Gen. Quantock's focus is on three top priorities as the PMG and the Commanding General of CID.

"First is to support the current fight; this is the first and last thought on my mind every day," He said. "What can we do to support our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in harm's way?"

"Second is to assist and protect," he adds in reference to the Military Police Corps motto. "What have we done to take care of our Soldiers, Civilians and families both at home and abroad."

"And third, to forge the future," Maj. Gen. Quantock said. "What can we do best to defeat the enemy and do what's best for our Army and our Nation."

Major General Quantock was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1980 from Norwich University. He holds Master

Degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, Public Administration

from Troy State University, and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, CAS3, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Moving forward, the Army Law Enforcement community continues to be engaged in information sharing between military and civilian law enforcement communities to more effectively solve crimes, prevent terrorism and to better understand how both types of law enforcement can work more effectively together.

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