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Police Honor Guard

The Honor Guard represents the Clearwater Police Department, its officers and families at law enforcement funerals, parades and other ceremonial occasions – both solemn and festive. The Clearwater Police Honor Guard is dedicated to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the public safety community during times of celebration and emotional duress.



In the mid-1990's, the Clearwater Police Department Honor Guard was formed as a fifteen-officer unit designated as an official memorial/specialty squad of the 259-officer agency. The Honor Guard has since grown to an authorized complement of 21 officers. These volunteers - even prior to the Unit's formal formation - have committed themselves to be an integral part of the departmentís support mechanism for the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty.

The Honor Guard has worked with diligence and professionalism to bring to the publicís attention the human side of policing, including the abject pain and sense of loss that is an inevitable part of the public safety profession. Since 1995, members of the Clearwater Honor Guard have attended scores of funeral and memorial services throughout the state of Florida and adjoining states.

The Honor Guard Unit members can be assigned to a number of intra-unit teams with varying responsibilities:

The Flag Detail
The Color Guard: A six-officer complement whose center-marching members serve as bearers of the Stars and Stripes and all secondary flags; two rifle-bearing members flank the flag-bearers.

Flag Detail/Casket Watch Team: Seven members (six officers addressing the American flag and a team leader) designated to fold the flag at the interment ceremony. The team leader is charged with handing-off the folded flag to the Chief of Police (or designee) for presentation to the family. The Casket Watch Team alternates in complements of two; the on-duty team is stationed with one member at each end of the casket during viewing.

Bagpiper: A single-member assignment, the bagpiper plays various songs appropriate for the attended ceremony.

The Rifle TeamThe Rifle Team: Eight members (seven riflemen and a team leader), charged with the execution of three-volley 21-gun salutes during burial ceremonies.

The Pallbearers: When requested by a deceased officerís family; members of the Honor Guard Team will be designated to carry the casket.

Other Honor Guard ceremonial events include:

* Police Academy Graduation Ceremonies
* Local Police Conferences
* State and Local Police Memorial Services
* Parades
* Government Grand Opening Ceremonies

Four Clearwater Police Officers have given their lives in the line of duty, their names emblazoned on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Inevitably, the Clearwater Police Department Honor Guard will again honor fallen members of the law enforcement community who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service and protection of their fellow man.

For additional information, contact Det. John Brown.


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