Figure 1-1. Sample MP Placement and Observation Zones.
Military Police in the protective detail should carry their assigned weapons. Semi-automatic pistols
should contain a fully loaded magazine, a round in the chamber, and the safety on, if local SOP allows.
Submachine guns and folding stock shotguns, while having a place in the protective services mission,
should be used only in situations where the basic principle of cover and evacuate will not work.
Examples of these situations would include the principal's vehicle being disabled in the kill zone of an
ambush or an attack by several assailants during a walking movement.
9. Crowd Control. Normally a principal will not be taken into an area where there is a hostile crowd.
When this is unavoidable, the protective services team must concentrate on moving the principal
through the crowd. Leave crowd control and apprehensions to other members of the protective service
detail. (Example: Uniformed Law Enforcement).
When force is necessary, the protective service team should move with speed and surprise. At the first
sign of disorder, all leaders should be