Serving by Honoring the Fallen
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard proudly serves the City of Las Vegas, the County of Clark, and the Law Enforcement Community across the United States of America. The Honor Guard performs military style honors during funeral services of officers killed in the line of duty, as well as for deaths of current or retired law enforcement officers.
By the appropriate rendering of honors, we endeavor to provide closure to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Duties performed by the Honor Guard include posting caskets, escorting bereaved family members, flag ceremonies, twenty-one gun salutes, and the playing of Taps.
The mission of the Honor Guard is to serve the police department and the community as a visual reminder of the service and traditions of law enforcement; forever respecting and remembering with honor and distinction past and present police officers for their dedication and service to the citizens of Southern Nevada.
In May of 1986, Lieutenant John Conner, the commander of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Homicide unit, died after suffering a heart attack while on duty. Seeking to honor his commitment to our agency and the community, Sheriff John Moran made the decision to provide a formal policemen’s honor guard for Lieutenant Conner’s funeral service.
A Patrol Lieutenant went into a station briefing room and told six random officers that they were going to carry Lieutenant Conner to his final resting place. Having no formal training in the rendering of honors, these officers did their best but it wasn’t what Sheriff Moran, a former U.S. Marine, had in mind. It was because of this, Sheriff Moran created the LVMPD Honor Guard.
The volunteer members of the LVMPD Honor Guard act as ambassadors for our agency, the 7th largest in the Country, rendering honors for line of duty deaths as well as funerals for retired officers and civilian employees, providing care and comfort to the families of fallen officers, providing flag presentations at local civic ceremonies, perform other duties as assigned by the Sheriff and represent the agency and community at local, state and national events. The Honor Guard also represents the LVMPD for line of duty deaths in other jurisdictions in the Southwestern United States.
To contact the LVMPD Honor Guard for law enforcement related color guard requests, please email: HonorGuard@lvmpd.com or visit our website at: www.lasvegasmetrohonorguard.com.