3.170 - Honoring Those Killed in the Line of Duty

Effective Date: 06/01/2017

3.170-POL

The Department and its members pay tribute to fallen officers.

1. Defining Terms Used in this Section

Mourning Band: The Seattle Police badge, with a one-half inch (1/2”) band of material, affixed horizontally across the center of the badge.  The mourning band is solid black or black with a thin blue line in the middle.

Memorial Ribbon: A looped and crossed blue ribbon or blue and black ribbon.

Honor Guard Mourning Badge: Seattle Police mourning badge that is offered by the Seattle Police Honor Guard.

Honor Guard Mourning Lapel Pin: Seattle Police mourning badge lapel pin that is offered by the Seattle Police Honor Guard.

Mourning Insignia: For the purpose of this policy; collectively, the above are referred to as mourning insignia.

2. The Department Will Recognize Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

On May 15th of each year all police facility flags will fly at half-staff in recognition of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

3. The Department Will Recognize Line of Duty Deaths

Upon the death of a Seattle Police Officer or Seattle Firefighter:

- Sworn personnel will affix the mourning band to their badge or wear the Honor Guard Mourning Badge.  The mourning band/badge is displayed until the interment or memorial service is complete.

- Non-sworn employees may honor their sworn colleagues by displaying a memorial ribbon or Honor Guard Mourning Lapel Pin.

- Employees may choose to keep the mourning insignia affixed for 72 hours after the interment or memorial service is complete for Seattle Police or Firefighter line of duty deaths.

For the line of duty death of a Seattle Police Officer or Firefighter, all flags at police facilities are lowered to half-staff at the time of death and will remain at that position until 72 hours after the interment or memorial service.

4. The Chief Designate the Uniform of the Day for all Killed in the Line of Duty Services

5. The Department May Recognize Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths from other Agencies

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, the Department may recognize other law enforcement line of duty deaths.

The Audit, Policy and Research Section (APRS) will send an SPDall email authorizing mourning insignia.  The mourning insignia is displayed until the interment or memorial service is complete.

Officers having a personal connection to an officer killed in the line of duty, and the mourning band/badge is not specifically authorized by the Chief, may wear a mourning band/badge until the interment or memorial service is complete.

6. The Mourning Band is Displayed Only for Line of Duty Deaths

The mourning band/badge is displayed by law enforcement to honor those killed in the line of duty.  The mourning band/badge will not be worn for funerals or memorial services where death was not caused by a line of duty incident.

Exception: The chief of police may authorize the wearing of the mourning band/badge for non-line of duty deaths.

- The Audit, Policy and Research Section (APRS) will send an SPDall email authorizing mourning insignia.  The mourning insignia is displayed until the interment or memorial service is complete.

7. Sworn Personnel Honor the Flag of the United States While On-Duty

When the flag is presented or retired by an honor guard, and the command “present arms” is given, all uniformed officers will render a salute.  Plainclothes officers will place their hand over their heart.  Officers will maintain the salute until the honor guard gives the command, “order arms”.

Officers in uniform, with a uniform hat, will wear their hat for the presentation of colors and during the salute.  They may remove their hat when done rendering the salute.