c. Set up the TCP: The team leader selects the positions for the team members. He decides
where to place the MK19 fighting position. The team leader and the MP providing security usually
occupy the fighting position. The MP controlling movement on the MSR is in a covered and concealed
location near the roadway. When the volume of traffic delays movement, he moves to the center of the
road and directs the flow of traffic.
d. Notify your supervisor when you are operational (use unit SOP).
e. Have the team prepare well camouflaged and concealed defensive positions. MP have a very
important security mission. They must be ready to provide delaying tactics or withstand enemy attack.
Often, due to their isolated position, they will be the first in the warning system for air, ground, or NBC
The team's vehicle is parked in a covered and concealed position near the fighting position.
Because a TCP is conducted at one location, the team takes the vehicle trailer.
5. Remember Your Mission at the Traffic Control Post.
a. Circulation control of traffic movement and traffic regulations must be enforced. A TCP team's
mission is to make corrections and help move vehicles and convoys along the MSR. They watch the
movement of vehicles. They stop those that are not following MSR regulations. The convoy
commander is told why the vehicles were halted. The convoy commander should make immediate
corrections. When these cannot be made, the team leader records the key information about the
incident and notifies his squad leader.
b. Straggler/refugee control: TCPs help military personnel to return to their units, if this cannot be
done, MP direct them to a straggler collection point. The team makes sure refugee traffic does not
delay authorized military traffic. This is accomplished by directing the refugees to a refugee route.
They may also halt refugees until their movement will not delay military vehicles and personnel.
Refugee movement may be used by the enemy as a means of inserting agents.
c. Intelligence gathering: The team watches for activity by guerrillas, conventional enemy forces,
enemy aircraft, and local inhabitants. Drivers using the MSR may stop at the TCP to report suspected
or actual enemy activity. MP use the word SALUTE as a memory device to remember this information:
S - SIZE of the enemy force.
A - ACTIVITY they were engaged in.
L - LOCATION of the enemy.
U - UNIT type seen.