TCPD Honor Guard
The Colony Police Honor Guard was established to represent The Colony Police Department, its officers, and families at police funerals, parades, and other ceremonial occasions. The Colony Police Honor Guard personifies professionalism, respect, and strives toward perfection in presentation and display of the Colors of the City of The Colony, State of Texas, and the United States of America. The Colony Police Department strives to have Honor Guard members present at the funeral services for any peace officer killed in the line-of-duty, throughout the North Texas area.
The Colony Police Honor Guard is a part-time unit that is comprised of members from various divisions within the department.
The main mission is to represent The Colony Police Department at community events, award ceremonies, at the police officer’s memorial ceremony, and to attend funerals for officers killed in the line of duty.
The members of the unit stand ready to pay their respects to officers that pay the ultimate price for their community. Since its establishment, TCPD Honor Guard members have attended dozens of funerals at agencies all over the DFW area. They often do not know when they will be called upon for service so members of the Honor Guard must be ready to attend events at all times.
The Honor Guard Unit members can be assigned to a number of intra-unit teams with varying responsibilities:
The Color Guard: A four- to 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: 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.
Casket Detail: The Casket Detail is responsible for standing guard over a fallen officer until laid to rest. The detail is also responsible for movement or carrying of the casket. The detail performs its duty using silent commands when posting and relieving the detail members.
The Rifle Team: Eight members (seven riflemen and a team leader), charged with the execution of three-volley during burial ceremonies. Two members will be tasked to escort the colors during parades.
Other Honor Guard ceremonial events include:
- Police Academy graduation ceremonies
- Local police conferences
- State and local police memorial services
- Government grand opening ceremonies
Sergeant TJ Vowell-Zundal