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Honor Guard

The Department of Corrections (DOC) recognizes the need for employees to represent the Department at recognition ceremonies, memorial services, and other public events. The DOC Honor Guard was established in 1988 at the Washington State Penitentiary. Today there are six prison facilities that maintain an active Honor Guard.

Honor Guard Deployments

The list below represents some of the more recent Department of Corrections (DOC) Honor Guard deployments. See the agency's Facebook page for more DOC Honor Guard news .

Representing the Department

Per DOC Policy 870.440 Dress Uniform & Honor GuardAdobe PDF document file, when representing the Department in public view, employees will keep in mind that their personal bearing, appearance, and actions reflect the entire Department. The Dress Uniform is used to officially represent the Department at approved/sponsored public service and recognition ceremonies that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Corrections Pride/Public Service Recognition events,
  • Memorial/Veteran's Day ceremonies,
  • Department formal graduation ceremonies,
  • Agency Award ceremonies,
  • Law Enforcement memorial/recognition events, and
  • Department approved/sponsored funeral/memorial services for current or former employees.

To ensure uniformity and a professional appearance, the Dress Uniform must be worn in its entirety. Additional items not specified in the Ordering Guide & Requirements for Dress Uniforms (Attachment 2)Adobe PDF document file may be worn with or attached to the Dress Uniform. The Dress Uniform Specifications (Attachment 1)Adobe PDF document file contains detailed information about stars, leaves, bars and chevrons that may be attached to the Dress Uniform. The Service Ribbons (Attachment 3)Adobe PDF document file contains information about the types of ribbons that may be attached to the Dress Uniform.

Honor Guard Responsibilities

Facilities are not required to maintain an active Honor Guard. The following prison facilities currently have, or have had, deployable Honor Guard:

The Chief of Emergency Operations is responsible for coordinating Honor Guard participation at approved Department and/or statewide public service and recognition events. The superintendents of facilities that maintain active Honor Guard are responsible for the overall operation of the Honor Guard, and for approving Honor Guard participation in local area/facility events and ceremonies.

Request an Honor Guard Deployment

See DOC Policy 870.440 Dress Uniform & Honor GuardAdobe PDF document file for more information.

Resources

Policies

Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to Honor Guard.

Publications

Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) publications that apply to Honor Guard.

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