Lithuanian Armed Forces Military Police officers support the Lithuanian police with patrols in Lithuania's major cities

Lithuanian Armed Forces Military Police officers support the Lithuanian police with patrols in...

April 3, Military Police of the Lithuanian Armed Forces started patrols in Lithuania's major cities to assist state authorities in responding to the spread of COVID-19. Ten crews, in total, 20 military police officers are conducting mounted patrols in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys as an effort to help the Lithuanian police to maintain and enforce public order and adherence to the quarantine requirements.

Patrols in the biggest Lithuanian cities is not the only task the Lithuanian Armed Forces Military Police has during the COVID-19 response. One of its other functions is to maintain public order and help unit commanders to ensure order among military personnel in military territories. Under the present quarantine conditions, all the Lithuanian Armed Forces units are obliged as part of the Chief of Defence-issue action plan to prepare separate isolated quarters in their territory that could be used for a soldier or civilian employee to wait for the civilian emergency health services team in case of a suspected COVID-19 disease. Provision of protective equipment and disinfectants for check post and duty officers of institutions, as well as adherence to other precautionary recommendations, is also required.

Military Police crews co-operatively with specialists of MD Jonas Basanavičius Military Medical Service have been conducting control measures at military units in the area of responsibility of garrisons since March 19, i.e. physically carry out inspection to see if military units in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai districts abide by the requirements of the Chief of Defence mentioned above.

Military Police officers have been also completing an additional function at the direction of the Defence Staff since March 28: guarding the shipment of medical protective equipment from China. The first part of the shipment was brought to Kaunas International Airport Saturday in the afternoon and then taken to the Lithuanian Post terminal in Kaunas where it is stored and distributed to hospital across Lithuania. Two more part of the shipments were brought to Lithuania on March 29-30 and taken to the terminal on three trucks. A MP response team will be conducting round-the-clock guard of the equipment until it is fully transported out of the terminal. The duration of the assignment will depend on how quickly the supplies will be distributed across Lithuanian hospitals.

The Military Police of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is assigning significant capabilities to manage coronavirus-related threats and is ready to respond to the increasing need to contribute to the mitigation of the COVID-19 spread within its ability, however, the Military Police has routine service tasks the same as other military personnel, and continue military training which is essential for ensuring the main mission of the Lithuanian Armed Forces - to maintain proper readiness. Understanding and following of the quarantine requirements from the whole of society is necessary in order to solve the situation and help the healthcare system by joint effort.

Photo credits: Pte 1st Class Eglė Šiaučiulytė

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