checkpoints at entrances to controlled routes, they check convoy vehicles
for movement credits issued by the HTD. Teams at checkpoints enforce rules
and regulations. At checkpoints, they direct drivers who are lost, or who
have taken the wrong routes, to their destinations.
At a checkpoint on an MSR, MP screen vehicles and personnel. While one
When checking a movement credit, MP must be certain the
convoy is moving on the correct route at the correct time. When convoys are
ahead of schedule, they are held until the proper time to pass.
behind schedule are allowed to proceed, if route traffic permits.
detailed information on the highway system and priorities, refer to Lesson
When checking cargo, MP check the manifest papers against the actual
load. They should be suspicious of military equipment, supplies, or weapons
being transported in civilian vehicles.
Illicit Activity Control.
The roadblock and checkpoint also serve to assist in the control of
illegal activities, both criminal and those designed to aid the enemy.
Teams at the checkpoint and roadblock inspect cargo, prevent illegal actions
or actions that aid the enemy.
Cargo should be inspected only when
specifically instructed to do so by competent authority. They also stop the
local population from supplying the enemy with food, medical supplies,
weapons, ammunition, or other items of military use.
control and stop black market activities by limiting the transportation of
contraband. They also help curtail the illegal diversion of supplies.
Establish Roadblock and Checkpoint Operations (Figure 3-1).
a. Roadblocks. One MP team can normally conduct a roadblock operation.
One team member
stops traffic and directs where traffic may and may not go.
member provides security for the MP in the road. The team leader selects
the security position.
Roadblocks are placed so traffic cannot avoid or skirt them.
roadblock should offer good cover and concealment for the team.
roadblock is used to close a road, it should be placed at an intersection so
drivers can change to another route with little delay.
If that is not
possible, it should be placed near an area where drivers can turn their
vehicles around easily. The team leader selects a fighting position for the
automatic weapon to provide overwatch for the roadblock. The team vehicle
is parked in a covered and concealed position near the team leader.
A roadblock used with a checkpoint is placed so drivers of
approaching vehicles cannot see the roadblock until they past all possible
This prevents unauthorized vehicles and enemy agents from
avoiding the roadblock.