The Providence Police Honor Guard, originally called the Color Guard, was founded in 1946. This unit was organized to represent the Providence Police Department and was comprised of a group of World War II veterans. The purpose of this unit was and still is to represent the Police Department veterans at various functions and parades.
The officers wore the uniform of the day, which was a blue blouse with a grey shirt and blue uniform pants. This changed in the 1970s when the uniform of the day changed to the color brown. Also at that time, two new officers were added to the honor guard carry a rifle on both sides of the officers carrying the flags.
In the late 1980s, Captain John Glancy, after a trip to Washington D.C., was inspired by other departments who had adopted a more formal dress code. When Captain Glancy returned from Washington D.C., he changed the uniform to what is presently worn by our officers today. The uniform currently worn is a dress blue blouse, boots, breeches, and two types of ceremonial lanyards. One lanyard is used for parades and ceremonies, while the second lanyard is used for funerals and memorials. The twelve-member Color Guard, with its new look, also changed its title from the Color Guard to the Honor Guard.
Originally, the unit’s main function was to march in parades. This would change on Thursday, February 3, 1994, the day Sergeant Steven Shaw was killed in the Line of Duty. The Honor Guard went from doing mostly ceremonial events to now laying a brother officer to rest.
Today, the nine-officer unit represents this historical capital city at parades around the state and country. At the Aquidneck Island National Police Parade, the Providence Police Department Honor Guard won first place among Honor Guards represented.
The Honor Guard also participates in somber occasions, such as funerals and memorials, to celebrations such as promotional ceremonies, swearing-in ceremonies, and community events. The Honor Guard recently traveled to Washington D.C. upon the invitation by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for Sergeant Maxwell Robert Dorley’s name inclusion to the memorial in Washington D.C. His name was formally dedicated on May 13, 2013, at the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week. The Honor Guard participated in VIP/ Surviving Family Escorts, Honor Cord around Reflecting Pool, Wreath Vigil, and State flag bearer during Standing Watch for the Fallen Ceremony, Ceremonial Stage Backdrop during the Candlelight Vigil, and Memorial Services at the U.S. Capitol.
Anyone who would like to support the Honor Guard with a donation can do so by contacting the Chief’s Office or making payable to City of Providence, Honor Guard, 325 Washington St Providence RI 02903.
Donations are used to update Flags, flag poles, holders, and other uniform needs of the unit. Donations may be tax-deductible.
The Providence Police Department Honor Guard proudly represents this department to present day under the command of Captain Luis San Lucas.
Requests for Honor Guard participation should be directed to the Chief’s Office for approval. Priority goes to any Police-Related events/ceremonies and/or memorials.
Events we have participated through the years:
Governor’s Inauguration at State House (January 1)
City Council and Mayor’s Inauguration at City Hall (January 7)
PPD Promotion Ceremony (February 27)
Prov St Patrick’s Parade (March 9)
Newport 63rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 16)
AG Dom Viol Ceremony at Victims Grove S.Main St (April 10)
PAWSOX Opening Night (April 11)
Northeast Regional Info Sharing (FBI InfraGard) at RISD (April 24)
36th Aquidneck Island National Police Parade (May 5)
PPD Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony (May 10)
Women & Infants Hosp Memorial Day presentation (May 24)
PPD Promotional Ceremony (June 4)
Day of Portugal Parade (June 9)
PRIDEFest Parade (June 16)
Newport Gulls Baseball (June 17)
PPD 69th Academy graduation (June 22)
US Marshall swearing-in (June 15)
Newport Gulls Baseball Law Enforcement Tribute ( July 19)
National Assoc of Women Law Enforcement Executives and MA Assoc of Women in LE (Aug 21)
Columbus Day Parade on Atwells Ave
Pawtucket St, Patricks Day Parade
Prov St Patrick’s Parade
Newport 62nd Annual St. Patricks Day Parade
Cdr Verdi Ceremony at Alpine Country Club
RIDOT Distracted Driving & Pedestrian Safety Summit Opening Ceremony
Pawsox Opening Ceremony
AGs Victim’s Grove Ceremony South Main St
YMCA Heroes Event at RI Conv Ctr
Aquidneck National 34th Annual Police Parade
PPD Wreath Laying Ceremony
IACP Convention at RI Conv Ctr
PPD Awards Ceremony PCTA
RI Commission of Justice
PrideFest Escort Parade
Gulls in Newport
Weymouth PD Sgt Chesna funeral
9/11 Ceremony at NE Tech East Greenwich
Prov ASIS International Safety Award Dinner Cranston Country Club
Big Brothers Big Sisters Halloween Hike
Problem-Oriented Policing Conf
Newport St. Patricks Day Parade
Prov St Patrick’s Parade
City Hall St Patrick’s Celebration
AG’s Victim’s Grove Ceremony
PawSox Opening Night Ceremony, McCoy Stadium
Aquidneck Island National Police Parade, Newport
Special Olympics, Project Unify Basketball Tournament
PPD Wreath Laying Ceremony
RI Day of Portugal
RI Pride Parade Downtown
4th of July Bristol Parade
CALEA Conf Omni Hotel
Major Rolando Couto Funeral (LOD) St Gregory the Great Warwick
Operation Stand Down City Hall
9/11 Memorial CeremonyState House Bell Area
Columbus Day Parade
BIG Walk (Big Brothers & Sisters)
3rd Annual White Tie Musical Celebration
2nd Annual Hondurenidad in RI State House Governors
PPD Promotion Ceremony
Ret. Col Prignano’s Wake
Ret. Col Prignano’s Funeral