report the time he saw the activity, not the time he is reporting it. All equipment that the enemy has
should be reported. If le does not recognize an item, he should describe it. Such an item should also
by sketched by the observer and the sketch submitted through reporting channels.
Military police securing a dispersed CP will often use security patrols to screen the perimeter. A
security patrol is a combat patrol. The patrol prevents infiltration and penetration of the CP area. It
serves to keep the CP from being surprised by an enemy attack. Patrols will be mounted or on foot,
depending on the requirements of the situation. They must be particularly alert to any suspicious
activity. The riles of engagement must be clearly specified; actions of the patrol will vary widely
depending on the situation.
Mobile and foot patrols may be made up of one or two MP teams. The number of personnel required
will vary with METT-T. Routes along the perimeter will be established. Each patrol will be given a
sector to patrol. It is critical that patterns of both time and route be avoided. Security patrols will
normally move using traveling overwatch.
Military police personnel must have the capability to employ all the defensive techniques when
establishing fighting positions. Which techniques are to be used will depend on METT-T. In most
cases, they will be determined by the platoon leader, in coordination with the headquarters
commandant. Military police are normally performing internal security duties.
Traffic Control Post
At least one traffic control post (TCP) is usually required, in addition to the security measures described
above. The TCP is located at the intersection of the main supply route (MSR) and the access road to
the CP. More than one TCP may be required, depending on the situation and the road net. A TCP is
usually manned by one MP team. The team leader provides supervision and communication. One
team member is responsible for directing traffic, while the second provides security for the TCP.
The primary function of the TCP is to control access to the CP; this is the initial screening. It also
ensures that traffic flows smoothly both into and out of the CP, as well as along the MSR. Traffic tie
ups at the entrance to the CP not only have all the normal disadvantages, but may well assist the
enemy in locating the CP. The TCP performs all the tasks normally assigned any TCP, within the limits
of its primary security function.
The ASPS is where intelligence information is received, processed, and distributed. Each division has
an ASPS. It is located in the division