INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF POLICE CHAPLAINS B 4 Ceremonies

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF POLICE CHAPLAINS B 4 – Ceremonies and Events

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF POLICE CHAPLAINS B 4 – Ceremonies and Events

Objectives How to plan and create law enforcement ceremonies and events including funerals Inclusive

Objectives How to plan and create law enforcement ceremonies and events including funerals Inclusive nature of public prayer Steps in planning events Developing a planning committee Tools for creating events Kinds of ceremonies and events Protocol for American flag Events that involve chaplains

Why Ceremonies and Events Honor lives and work of peace officers Aid in the

Why Ceremonies and Events Honor lives and work of peace officers Aid in the grief process for families and officers Draw public attention to work of peace officers Allow community to express appreciation Positive visibility of peace officers and law enforcement agencies

Examples of Ceremonies Peace Officer Memorial Service Line of Duty Death Funeral Active Duty

Examples of Ceremonies Peace Officer Memorial Service Line of Duty Death Funeral Active Duty or Off Duty Funeral Retired Officer Funeral Promotion Ceremony Dedication Ceremony COPS Blue Light Ceremony Blue Mass Candlelight Vigil

Planning an Event Who should be involved in planning Seek support of area chaplains

Planning an Event Who should be involved in planning Seek support of area chaplains and clergy Submit plan to agency/agencies for approval See feedback for future ceremonies/events Planning the event Involve key personnel; form planning committee Set meeting times and locations Plan early as possible Make and review checklist for all aspects of event Keep committee and agencies informed

Line of Duty Death Follow agency protocol Honor Guard Procession Assist family and officers

Line of Duty Death Follow agency protocol Honor Guard Procession Assist family and officers Family wishes are primary Attention to detail Never attempt to evangelize or proselytize Chaplain can be liaison between agency and family Always respect wishes of the family

Funerals Active Off Duty Follow agency protocol Honor Guard Similar to line of duty

Funerals Active Off Duty Follow agency protocol Honor Guard Similar to line of duty death Retired Follow agency protocol Honor Guard Local tradition

Memorial Services Purpose Honor officers who have died during the year Aid families in

Memorial Services Purpose Honor officers who have died during the year Aid families in grief process Draws positive attention to law enforcement Allows agency to honor their deceased officers Allows public to show appreciation for officers Reminds public of sacrifices of law enforcement

Memorial Services Names Police Memorial Service Peace Officers Memorial Service Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Memorial Services Names Police Memorial Service Peace Officers Memorial Service Law Enforcement Memorial Service Whatever agency/agencies deem appropriate Who is Involved Agency Multiple local, state, and federal agencies Community Local, state, and/or federal Fraternal Order of Police

Memorial Services When Police Memorial Week (week of May 15) COPS Project Blue Light

Memorial Services When Police Memorial Week (week of May 15) COPS Project Blue Light Whenever agency deems appropriate About same time each year Where Inside or outside Central location to community Politically neutral site Public parking available Cost for use of facility Large enough for crowd Rain alternative

Elements of Memorial Service Music Bagpipes Ensembles from local church or school Soloists Choir

Elements of Memorial Service Music Bagpipes Ensembles from local church or school Soloists Choir of agency employees including officers Instruments Patriotic music Law enforcement music (Beneath the Badge)

Elements of Memorial Service Speaker Local TV/Radio personality Local, state, or federal law enforcement

Elements of Memorial Service Speaker Local TV/Radio personality Local, state, or federal law enforcement official Politician (consider carefully) Clergy (consider ecumenical importance) Professional speaker Dignitaries All local, state, and federal officials should be invited Determine form of recognition and seating

Elements of Memorial Service Families Identify officers to be honored (active, retired, LODD) Send

Elements of Memorial Service Families Identify officers to be honored (active, retired, LODD) Send invitations Provide check-in for families Provide reserved seating Provide instructions to families of any participation Officer escorts Flowers Reception afterward

Elements of Memorial Service Wreath for placing flowers in memory of officers Roll call

Elements of Memorial Service Wreath for placing flowers in memory of officers Roll call of names Family members escorted by agency officer to place flower Determine who will represent family in any participation

Elements of Memorial Service Publicity Utilize free media Community newspapers TV/Radio/Newspaper Public Service Announcements

Elements of Memorial Service Publicity Utilize free media Community newspapers TV/Radio/Newspaper Public Service Announcements Press release by agencies Paid advertising Local TV/Radio talk shows

Elements of Memorial Service Be sensitive to weather Paramedics on hand Reception for families

Elements of Memorial Service Be sensitive to weather Paramedics on hand Reception for families optional After the service Debrief with committee Decide what worked and what will not work next time Set date and time for next year if applicable Send Thank You’s to sponsors, donors, and others who provided goods, services, facilities, etc.

Ceremonies Agency ceremonies Events Promotion Dedications Officer Buildings Marriages Baptisms Blessing a new home

Ceremonies Agency ceremonies Events Promotion Dedications Officer Buildings Marriages Baptisms Blessing a new home Funerals Community events Agency events of the Year Swearing In Building Dedication Any occasion deemed appropriate by agency of

Inclusive Public Prayer Be inclusive of all present Roll Calls Ceremonies Hospital visits Funerals

Inclusive Public Prayer Be inclusive of all present Roll Calls Ceremonies Hospital visits Funerals Dedications Official functions

Inclusive Public Prayer Chaplains should attempt to be inclusive of all religious backgrounds Chaplain

Inclusive Public Prayer Chaplains should attempt to be inclusive of all religious backgrounds Chaplain prayer must be sincere and meaningful Chaplains should become familiar with other religious faiths Chaplain may seek assistance from someone of another faith background to assist in ministering to others and prayers