Romans 13:7 says to give honor to whom honor is due. The Pensacola Police Department does that. For many years, members of the department have stepped up when the need arose to honor a fallen officer, present the colors, or give a 21-gun salute.
In 2000, Sgt. Greg Moody approached his supervisors about forming a permanent department Honor Guard. He asked for 21 officers to form a team that was regularly trained and was on call for special events. He also requested that the Guard be issued special uniforms, including campaign hats, gloves, ascot, a web belt, boots and a shoulder cord. As soon as the request was approved, Sgt. Moody began accepting applications.
When the Guard members were announced, Sgt. Moody, with help from Sgt. Doug Baldwin, began the training process. Officers were trained in drill, flag protocol, rifle team, flag folding, casket carry, and casket guard. It made for an impressive group.
The Guard, which has served at ceremonies, funerals, presentations, promotions, etc. has the mission of professional execution and dignified representation. Distinguished by the dark blue campaign hats, the Guard has undergone several uniform changes over the years. The unit is often complimented on their precision and professionalism and requested at numerous events by the Pensacola Police Department, other agencies, and outside organizations.
Although their presence is requested many times throughout the year, the Honor Guard is a mainstay at the annual police officer memorial ceremony in front of the police station. The ceremony commemorates the sacrifice of the thirteen Pensacola Police Officers who have died in the line of duty.