252 – Funeral Attire and Mourning Badge Cover
All sworn or civilian Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) personnel shall observe a funeral dress code whether wearing uniform or non-uniform attire. This policy also describes the appropriate use of the mourning badge cover.
Procedure – Funeral Attire
“In the Line of Duty” Funerals
All uniform personnel attending a funeral declared to be “in the line of duty” shall wear a Class A uniform complete with felt hat and mourning badge cover.
Majors shall wear their formal dress uniform unless directed otherwise by the Sheriff or his or her designee.
Personnel attending “in the line of duty” funerals in civilian attire shall be dressed appropriately for the occasion.
All Other Funerals
All deputy and sergeant uniform personnel attending a funeral that has not been declared “in the line of duty” may wear the appropriate uniform of the day complete with appropriate hat and mourning badge cover.
All uniform personnel the rank of lieutenant or higher attending a funeral shall wear a Class A uniform complete with felt hat and mourning badge cover.
Personnel attending funerals in civilian attire shall be dressed appropriately for the occasion.
Procedure – Mourning Badge Cover
A black cloth embroidered badge cover may be worn at funerals, memorial services, and other occasions honoring the loss of a peace officer. The badge cover with Velcro self-adhering ends should be centered on the bottom left and right angled points of the badge. The objective is to cover the badge number, but the badge design makes this difficult. Wrapping the badge with the mourning badge cover using the bottom left and right angled points is sufficient.
For all “in the line of duty” deaths involving a HCSO peace officer or civilian employee, the mourning badge cover should be worn from the day of the death until the day of interment.
For all other causes of death involving a HCSO peace officer, the mourning badge cover should only be worn when attending the funeral service of the deceased.
The mourning badge cover may also be worn to honor the deaths of employees of other agencies in the State of Texas that fall into the above categories.
The mourning badge cover is not worn if the cause of death has been ruled a suicide.
Black electrical tape or any other type of material may not be used as a substitute for the authorized mourning badge cover.
The mourning badge cover is a sign of honor and respect for the departed and is not limited to only those that have fallen in the line of duty. When attending a funeral service for a departed peace officer, the mourning badge cover is worn to honor and respect their service.
This policy has been revised on the below listed dates:
February 7, 2010
August 16, 2018