leader makes sure that the HP understand that under no circumstances must their actions risk the
security of the principal.
The team leader should brief the principal and his aides or escorts on security procedures being taken.
This ensures that the principal and his party understand what the MP will be doing under both routine
and emergency circumstances. The team leader also recommends personal security measures to the
principal, when appropriate. He advises the principal what equipment is available for the principal's
safety and security. The MP may also provide equipment to the principal when required.
The team leader and one HP maintain constant overwatch of the principal. They stay close to the
principal without interfering in his activities. MP do not voluntarily engage in conversations with the
principal or others. MP provide information only when asked directly. If the principal enters a tent, the
MP remain outside, unless instructed otherwise. They take up a guard post position. If there are
restrictions on access to the tent, the MP perform as an access control point. In buildings, MP position
themselves outside the room occupied by the principal and perform duties as they do at a tent.
Team members constantly watch for suspicious activity and persons. If an assassination is attempted,
the safety of the principal is the primary concern of the team. Each SP must know ahead of time what
his responsibilities are. In some cases, MP may be required to work closely with a permanently
assigned security detail of the principal. The team leader must ensure close coordination and
cooperation. The team members take turns eating and taking breaks as the situation permits.
Security During Travel
The principal may travel by any means. Those most commonly used on the battlefield are helicopter
and motor vehicle. The principles and techniques used for these two modes of travel are readily
adaptable to other means of transportation. Regardless of the mode of travel, certain actions must be
planned for by the military police. These actions include:
o Security at the pick up point.
o HP actions to pick up the principal.
o Security during movement.
o Release point coordination and control.
o Release point security.
Protective services operations during movement are normally conducted by a squad. As with
stationary security, however, it may vary with the situation.
For example, a continual security detail of the division commander may employ a team. The squad
leader begins his planning on receipt of the warning order.
He then briefs his men on the mission and how it will be conducted. A