The Honor Guard Unit dates back to as early as 1968 and was established to represent the Winter Park Police Department, its officers and families at police funerals, parades and other ceremonial occasions.
Members of the Honor Guard must be proficient at precision marching, flag standards, the U.S. Military Manual of Arms, the intricacies of choreography and funeral standards. They must also have the ability to stand at attention or at parade rest or funerary rest for extended periods.
The Winter Park Police Department’s current Honor Guard was formed in 1999. Since that time, the Honor Guard has participated in numerous activities throughout the city. The Unit also participates every May in three annual Law Enforcement Memorials; one at the county level, one at state level, and the third at the National Memorial in Washington D.C.
Part of the Honor Guard is the Color Guard which is a five-person guard that is used to present the colors at any given function. The Color Guard has participated in openings at sporting events, charity functions, businesses within the city, and funerals. They also participate in the annual Christmas and Saint Patrick’s Day parades every year down Park Avenue.
Honor guard members have two separate uniforms that are used for different times of the year and different functions.