Law enforcement officers
frequently deal with unspeakable, and often senseless, tragedy. On a daily
basis, we witness the most gruesome, callous things human beings can do to one
another, and, no matter how much we may empathize with the victims and their
families, we must deal with these situations objectively and professionally.
when one of the law enforcement agencys own is the victim, dealing with such a
tragedy becomes extremely personal.
Its hard to
remain objective and organized when youre grieving.
of duty funeral involves myriad activities, events, tasks, services, and ceremonies. It
typically involves over a hundred topics to be reviewed, evaluated, modified, applied,
managed, and coordinated, all on a strict time line.
There will be
little opportunity for in-depth discussions, revisions and preparations. A
select strategic planning team may find themselves responsible for a staff of a
hundred people on the day of the services, with events at several locations, and
attendance in the thousands. All of this occurs simultaneously with the criminal
, traffic, or death investigation, as well as during a time of collective shock
and grief for the agency.
manager of the funeral planning should be as competent as the incidents lead
presence of an experienced funeral coordinator will provide the necessary guidance to
insure a dignified,
respectful, and honorable traditional police funeral.
to be addressed:
Who Pays For What
Collection of Personal & Agency Property
Presentation of National Flag from Agency
Family Liaison Officer Selection
Strategic Planning Team Members & Responsibility
Primary Coordinator Responsibilities:
G. Honor Guard
Agency Informational Meetings
Viewing / Vigil Considerations
Religious & Cultural Issues
Services/Memorials at Sports Arena or Auditorium
Anticipated Death Is There A Need To Plan?
Day After Services Debriefing (Strategic Planning Team)
Be Able To Say No