b. The successful operation of a TCP includes preventing delays and congestion; ensuring
movement priorities are honored, enforcing rules and regulations. They must make adjustments for
unscheduled road movements, and be prepared to reroute as needed.
2. Mission Briefing.
You will be notified by the squad leader or platoon leader/sergeant of the mission. You will then
receive information about the mission. If you do not receive all you need to know, ask for it.
a. Location of the TCP: This is given in the traffic control plan.
b. Enemy situation: Enemy activities and the importance of the TCP determine the number of
personnel and equipment needed to control a post.
c. Number of personnel assigned to the mission: The number of MP needed to man a TCP is
based on METT-T. A TCP is usually manned by one MP team of three people.
d. Number of vehicles: Each MP team is assigned a radio equipped HMMWV vehicle with a crew
served weapon (MK19, M60, 50 cal). HMMWV uses a 3/4-ton trailer which is not required for TCP.
e. Length of operating time: A team continues its mission until they are told to stop.
f. Reporting and checking procedures: When requested by highway traffic division, MP at TCP will
keep a record of convoys passing. They compile this into a passing report. The information is reported
in accordance with unit standing operating procedures (SOP). Usually, TCP passing reports are picked
up at the TCPs or transmitted in code.
g. Traffic priorities and movement scheduled: MP enforce MSR regulations. A TCP team's mission
is not to apprehend violators. They make corrections and help move vehicles and convoys along the
h. Brief your personnel:
(1) Mission: Where the TCP will be placed and for what length of time.
(2) Situation: Type and size of convoys planning to use the MSR. Enemy activity in the area.
(3) Assigned task to be performed: When MPs operate a TCP, the team leader provides
leadership, maintains TCP, and maintains communications. A second MP gives directions on the MSR.
The third MP provides security and relieves the MP on the MSR.