When I first joined the Navy, I went to boot camp in Orlando. The recruits there are assigned to various security watches at night and on the weekend. Each company had its own fire watch from Taps to Reveille, and each of the nine recruit divisions had a roving patrol and a quarterdeck watch.
Recruit companies also provide security watches for various areas of the RTC. One of those watches, the one that was responsible for the damage control training center, had a bit of a run in with a local criminal. I will relate the story the way that it was told to me by the sentry, as accurately as I can remember after more than thirty years.
The recruit reported for sentry duty. The sentry he was relieving handed over the helmet, flashlight, nightstick, and radio. The time was 2345, and the sentry would not be relived until his replacement came out at 0345.
Now the layout of the RTC becomes important. The DC training area was right against the wall that surrounded the base. The wall in this area was 8 feet tall, made of concrete, and ran alongside of Corrine Drive.
A local criminal had committed a robbery and was being chased by the Orlando Police Department and was attempting to flee on foot. He attempted to get away by hopping over the wall to the Navy Base, where he landed right in front of the recruit sentry. The sentry immediately challenged the intruder, who tried to attack the sentry.
That sentry spent the next five minutes applying his nightstick to the criminal, until base security arrived to take him in custody.
The intruder was arrested by NIS and charged with a list of crimes, the most serious of which was “attacking a military sentry” and subjected him to prosecution.
I tried to search for the case, but since it happened in the early 80’s, I just couldn’t find it. The point is that the Federal Government follows a different set of rules and doesn’t need the permission of local government to protect its property and personnel.