In the United States, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours. The Kansas City, Ks Police Honor Guard started in 1973, prior to that it was volunteer. The Honor Guard's purpose is to represent the Kansas City, Ks. Police Department, its officers and families at funerals and other ceremonial events, with the highest honor, respect and integrity. It is our intention to assist all officers and their families in their time of emotional duress, to extend pride in our chosen profession and to demonstrate allegiance to the flag of our country.
The Honor Guard is maintained through the Chief's Office
Honor Guard positions are voluntary. Applicants must pass a rigorous try-out examination. Members are required to maintain proper grooming and fitness. They must be proficient in drill, flag folding, casket guard, presentation of colors, parade march and other duties appropriate to their position.
Honor Guard events are assigned at the discretion of the Chief of Police and/or the Police Training Academy Commander. Events include, but are not limited to, funerals for fallen officers, funerals for retired police personnel, funerals for outside agency personnel, presentation of colors, parades, educational events, and various ceremonies, all of which are approved by the Chief of Police per his designate.