When you have briefed your personnel, check to ensure you have all you will need to maintain the
TCP. The team must be prepared to operate for long periods of time. They may be sleeping in shifts.
Inspect the following before departing for the TCP:
a. Weapons/ammunition/explosives: Unit SOP determines a team's combat load.
b. Radios: Signal operation instructions (SOIs) are used.
c. Signs: Guide signs are used to tell drivers that a TCP is ahead. The signs show direction and
distance to the TCP.
d. Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) services: night vision devices.
e. Water/rations: Plans should be made for resupply by the parent unit.
g. Nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC)/equipment: Chemical agent detection paper or chemical
detector kit to detect chemical contamination, M8 alarm, IM93, and IM174.
h. Flashlights. For use at night so that drivers can see MP signal location and traffic signals.
i. White cuffs: The cuffs must have light reflecting strips, parallel to the arm. The enemy situation
may require the cuff to be removed.
j. First aid kit: MP must be ready to give immediate first aid at any time.
The equipment used at a TCP is valuable to the enemy. The SOI reveals friendly frequencies. The
map may show the locations of key facilities. The team must be ready to destroy their equipment if
they are attacked and it seems that the materials may fall into enemy hands.
4. When You Arrive at the TCP Location.
The TCP site is given in the traffic control plan.
a. Establish security immediately: MP must be able to secure themselves and their position(s).
They establish their positions at a location with cover and concealment, good fields of fire, and
b. Recon the surrounding area for the enemy.