Planning and executing a law
enforcement funeral involves more than parking cars and seating people! There is much that needs to be considered
in order to not only do it right, but to do it best.
Crisis-to-crisis management is not the
philosophy best suited to responding to the death of an employee! Your agency members and their families deserve
Training is the key to ensuring that agency managers and
personnel recognize and understand their roles and responsibilities when a death occurs. Our seminar can be a first
step, but agencies must be committed to not only developing a comprehensive funeral protocol but also training to
implement the protocol.
Once you're prepared to handle a LODD, you're also ready to deal with
the death of an officer from any cause and also to help employees when they experience a death in their
families. Law enforcement is adept at responding to a LODD because we're
trained to respond to emergency situations. But this response is often centered around, and limited to, the
logistical tasks and basic interpersonal issues, in addition to the demands of investigating.
Line-of-duty funerals are actually five funerals in
one. The agency must provide one funeral for the surviving family, a second for the agency’s members, a
third for the agency member’s families, a fourth for the community that the agency serves, and a fifth for the
extended law enforcement community.
That's five groups of people, all impacted by the tragic death
of an officer, all having needs that should be identified and, hopefully, met.
Attendees receive a comprehensive
funeral planning book, course note-taking outline, resource list, and bereavement literature, over 350 pages of
legitimate professional topic-related material. The PAF wants to ensure that attendees leave with more than just a
few notes about the 40 plus topics covered during the seminar.
If the hosting agency desires, the
seminar outline and course objectives may be submitted to the agency's POST certification or continuing
education authorities prior to the seminar to secure CE credit for officers who attend. Certificates of
Completion are given to all participants at the seminar's conclusion.
All registration rosters and contact information are kept
Agencies that host and/or attend seminars leave with the
knowledge and extensive resource material that will permit them to respond properly and professionally to the death
of an employee, especially in the line-of-duty.