Police officer protocols for saluting

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Flag Discussion' started by Mike Utz, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Mike Utz

    Mike Utz New Member

    Police officers in uniform but no cover/hat while inside or outside and flag is raised or passed or national anthem is played; what is the protocol for the officer to salute with out cover. Military salute or civilian salute.
     
  2. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

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    Greetings, Mike Utz, and welcome to the USA-FLAG-SITE Forums!

    I am NOT sure if the etiquette/protocol for Police Officers is the same as for Military Personnel or civilians. I kind of doubt that there is a single Law Enforcement "Flag Code" that officially covers any and all Law Enforcement Jurisdictions/Departments. I'd think it probably would be more likely that individual jurisdictions/departments would have their own "Flag Codes". I would also think that whatever (if any) "official" Flag etiquette/protocols they follow were probably "borrowed" from one or more branches of the military services and then adapted to their own usage.

    Here is what is "covered" in the U.S. Code. The U.S. Flag Code is primarily a set of guidelines for civilian use.

    United States Code / Title 4 - The Flag / Section 9 - Conduct During Hoisting, Lowering, or Passing of Flag :
    During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all
    persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

    United States Code Title 36
    §301. National anthem
    (a)Designation.— The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    (b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
    (1) when the flag is displayed—
    (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
    (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
    (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
    (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

    Good Luck!

    Robin Hickman
    "Your Friendly Neighborhood Flag Man"
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.
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