Overview and Duties
The Burleson Police Department Honor Guard was formed in April of 2009 with a generous donation from the Burleson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. There are currently 11 members on the team, 10 of which are trained to conduct a full law enforcement funeral, including the presentation of the colors (flags), the casket team (which includes flag folding, pallbearers, and casket guard), and firing team. The 11th member is the ceremonial musician who plays “Taps” at funerals and other civic functions.
Burleson Police Department Honor Guard members wear distinctive uniforms which differ from the typical Burleson Police uniform. The Honor Guard wears a standard police uniform cap with a distinctive hat band and Honor Guard hat badge. The shirt is dark blue with silver buttons, silver Aiguillettes (shoulder braid), custom Honor Guard patches and custom Honor Guard badge. The pants are dark blue with silver braid on the legs. The team wears white ceremonial gloves and white ascots. Clarino (high gloss) gun belt and shoes are also worn.
The Honor Guard has performed ceremonies for the Burleson Citizens Police Academy, in recognition of National Police Week at the Burleson Police Department open house and in honor of all who have served their nation in the armed forces at the Memorial Day dedication. The members of the Honor Guard conduct regular training. The Honor Guard is dedicated to the goal of presenting a positive image of the police profession and paying the ultimate respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.