Members of the NNPD Honor Guard participate in funerals, for both active and retired police officers and VIPs, parades, opening ceremonies, and other functions deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police or his designee.
Located in front of the city hall building in downtown Newport News, Virginia, the Memorial was dedicated May 30, 1997. This beautiful structure was a 3-year community effort, and it is a symbol of our remembrance of those officers who died in the line of duty. The bronze figurines of the Memorial were created by Neil Brodin.
The Newport News Police Department observes National Police Week and National Peace Officers Memorial Day in May of each year. During this time, the Newport News Police Department honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who continue to work diligently everyday to protect the communities they serve.
Each year during National Police Week, the Newport News Police Department, led by the Honor Guard, honors the 12 Newport News Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Each fallen officer is honored by a single bell tone accompanied by the announcement of their name and sacrifice. The Memorial Service culminates with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.
|Katherine M. Thyne||January 23, 2020|
|Larry D. Bland||May 13, 1994|
|Steven R. Rutherford||January 12, 1994|
|Dennis J. Roberts||March 20, 1981|
|Wallace E. Nesbitt, Sr.||January 8, 1970|
|Clarence E. Small||June 24, 1961|
|Courtney W. Cook||June 24, 1961|
|Charles N. Doughty||August 11, 1946|
|Claude T. Parks||September 10, 1943|
|Weldon O. Bass||September 25, 1933|
|Robert H. DeKorte||September 23, 1921|
|Robert H. Smith||June 11, 1919