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    Thankfully have not had to deal with this recently, but curious for future reference. I know security is not required to wear the black band over the badge when a police officer is slain; it appears to be a company by company policy. Two companies I worked for passed them out when a local officer was killed; we wore them until the funeral or for 30 days, if I remember right. Is there an "official" policy on this?

    I've also seen the new mourning bands have a blue stripe - is that just for law enforcement? Thanks in advance for any info.

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    Security wearing black bands to mourn the respect of a police officer seems a little "wannabe-ish" to me, to be honest.

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    • #3
      Agreed. In the one case we had guys working for us that had family members in the affected department; in the other case it was just the guards that worked in the city where it happened. I would never personally wear a blue stripe one ( for the same reason I don't have a blue stripe American flag) - I'm not a cop and I don't have any family currently in law enforcement.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Condo Guard View Post
        Agreed. In the one case we had guys working for us that had family members in the affected department; in the other case it was just the guards that worked in the city where it happened. I would never personally wear a blue stripe one ( for the same reason I don't have a blue stripe American flag) - I'm not a cop and I don't have any family currently in law enforcement.
        Yeah, I recognize that there are situations in which security guards (as individuals or as a company/department) might want to honour police officers. To be honest, I don't really think that it's wannabe-ish in itself, but it can give that impression to outsiders.

        I know there's no central authority with the "thin X line" icons that distinguish various groups, but maybe there could be some sort of honourary-type, such as a dotted line instead of a solid line. It could be intended to show support with X group without suggesting that you are a part of that group.

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        • #5
          I think the unofficial protocol for "mourning bands" is for folks in the same community to wear them while the flags are half-staffed. I know in California your badge number or name must be visible at all times; so if you don't have your name on your uniform your mourning band can't cover your badge number.

          I think wearing of morning bands (called draping the badge) would be appropriate if it was someone who had ties to your department.
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