Honor Guard

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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.

Police Memorial

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.

Officer Date
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

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