Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2013 Honor Guard Seminar Announced

Chris Cosgriff, Executive Director of the Officer Down Memorial Page, will again be presenting at the annual Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard Seminar, which will be held in June 2013. This 3-day seminar has taught dozens of Honor Guard units from throughout the United States and Canada the proper protocol for conducting a line of duty death funeral. The seminar culminates with a complete mock funeral to allow participants to practice in a real-world setting.

Please refer to the Fairfax Count Police Department's announcement for more information and registration instructions:

Some of the participants from a past seminar.
The Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard will be hosting a three day training seminar June 24, 25, 26th, 2013.  Attached is the seminar registration form and course outline for your review.  This will be our eighth seminar.  We have received very positive feedback from all attendees.

We have broken down the training into eight training stations (see attached) which we will rotate every hour and fifteen minutes.  We will have class room instruction on how to prepare a line of duty death Teletype Message (TTY), Honor Guard budget and equipment companies from which to purchase supplies.  Mr. Chris Cosgriff, the chair of the Officer Down Memorial Page ( will give a presentation on ODMP on day one of our seminar.  Day three we will transport the class to a funeral home/cemetery to practice a mock line of duty funeral.

There is a small fee of $185.00 per student to support the costs of hosting the seminar.  Each student will receive a copy of our Honor Guard SOP’s.  We have been told our is one of the best written LE Honor Guard manuals most have ever seen.  We also will have a barbeque dinner on the first night which is included in the registration fee.

The class size is limited to forty-eight students and is on a first come first serve basis.  This class generally fills up in less than two months.  We are limiting the enrollment to four students per agency.  Preference will be given to out of state agencies and first time attendees.  Once we receive your registration form and payment I will send you an e-mail confirming your team members are enrolled.

Download the registration form here, or contact Lt. Ken Baine for more information:

Lieutenant Ken Baine
Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard Commander
3911 Woodburn Road
Annandale, Virginia  22003