Motorcade Operations- A Remediation

Motorcade Operations- A Remediation
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As a technical writer for Immigration Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland umbrella, much of what I write is considered confidential. Each document or manual is slapped with what I call a "security stamp." Thus, underscoring the proprietary nature of the material. For this remediation exercise, though, I will do an end-around and take the reader on my daily journey of tactics training. Without question, this is one of the better writing jobs I have ever had, as I get to engage with subject matter experts on "how to do this," "how to operate that," and "the proper way to blow this up!"

Nevertheless, since the bulk of the training documents oftentimes takes on a transparent tendency, it helps that the content be opaque at times. Considering that students come in on a rotating basis to be certified in various areas, lesson plans should be as user-friendly as possible. In many instances, the digital design of training manuals are lacking. Fortunately, I am working on a few as I write this.

For example, the lay person may not understand the proper "motorcade formation" of a security detail. It would be very useful to employ some sort of design schematic to enhance this lesson. Yet, after reviewing the material, all there was were instructions! Of course, this was partly why I was hired; to assist and bring life to these manuals.


So, imagine being a law enforcement officer who decides to get further training or certification to be in a motorcade security detail. Yes, there are certifications for these types of duties, as "protectees" (VIPs, dignitaries, detainees etc.) require top-notch security when moving from point A to point B. And having a certified detail generally satisfies that requirement. I sat in on this particular training and took my customary notes. Again, the verbatim lesson plan, while not confidential, is considered proprietary but the gist is below:

The arrangement of a motorcade is crucial in a 2 or 3-vehicle formation. Low-level threats usually require two vehicles, while high-threat levels require at least three. Typically, in a 3-vehicle formation, there is a "lead" vehicle in front protecting the limousine (or primary), then a "follow" vehicle in the rear. When in motion, the "offset" technique is employed to put the "protectee" in a position that is furthest away from any threat or danger. The term offset is used in relation to the limousine, or primary vehicle. There is offset right and offset left, and this is also determined by the position of "threats" in potential traffic situations, be it one-way traffic with multiple lanes, two-way traffic etc. Can you visualize this? There is much more but for the sake of brevity I will leave it here.


Nonetheless, to remediate this information I have chosen a PowerPoint (Ctrl key and Enter) presentation to demonstrate the various vehicle formations, which should enhance comprehension of the assignment and facilitate engagement with the lesson material. While there are those in the law enforcement industry that understand this verbiage, it is helpful to have added visuals for those that would benefit from it. As John Lannon states in Technical Communication (15th ed.), "readers want more than just raw information; they want this material shaped and enhanced so they can understand the message at a glance." (Lannon & Gurak, 2022, p. 263).


Lannon, John M.; Gurak, Laura J. (2022). Technical Communication (Fifteenth ed.). New York: Pearson.

Calvin Green

Calvin Green

Calvin works as a Technical Writer for ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) creating tactical training programs for prospective law enforcement candidates. He loves to cook, travel and the outdoors.