MP units supporting the division are not resourced to perform all four MP missions at the same time on
a sustained basis. Because the need for MP support exceeds assets, careful planning is essential.
Flexible planning enables HP to respond to the constantly changing tactical situation.
The PM must be in a position to understand both the enemy and friendly tactical situations. To get
current information for projecting MP needs in the division area, the PM sets up his operations section
in two cells. One cell is located at the main CP and the other at the rear CP. The PM normally
operates from the main CP, but moves throughout the division area as required.
The PM forward cell sets up operations at the main CP. They are located near the G3 cell. From there
they can make plans for long range MP employment; their location allows them to coordinate with the
division staff on current and proposed operations.
The PM rear cell locates with the MP company headquarters at or near the division rear CP. This
allows both to operate around the clock, since neither has the assets to do so alone. It also allows the
PM cell access to the company net control station and other communications equipment. The PM rear
cell supervises the execution of MP missions and is able to coordinate with the elements of the division
staff located at the rear CP.
Three of the MP platoons are normally placed in direct support of the brigades. Their area of
operations coincides with that of the brigade they are supporting. The platoon headquarters locates in
the brigade support area. The direct support platoons perform only essential MP support. They
conduct limited battlefield circulation control (BCC) and area security operations. They also receive
and hold EPW until they can be evacuated. Other MP missions are generally unresourced.
Two general support platoons will be assigned the area of operations (AO) that covers the entire
division rear. They will be collocated with the company headquarters. Their squads will perform BCC
and area security missions and EPN operations.
The other general support platoon is located at the division main CP, It provides security for the main
CP. The platoon headquarters co-locates with the division PM forward cell. It deploys its two squads
to provide security for the main CP. The squad providing security for the ASPS is usually attached to it.
TYPES OF SECURITY
Three forms of security are provided by military police. These are internal security, perimeter defense,
and local security. MP may provide one or more of these in combination. To ensure close-in security
of individuals, locations, and information, MP use internal security. They control movement around and
access to the location. They guard against sabotage and espionage.