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No Class "A"....

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Posted about 6 years ago

 

I have a question and am requesting advice and opinions from anyone in the LE field that has ever been to a police funeral...  This friday I will be attending my first police funeral for Ofc. Miktarian and as you all know you are supposed to wear your Class "A" uniform to the funeral.  My problem is this....Simply, I dont have one.  Nor do I have the money to go get one. Being that I am only a part-time dispatcher at both departments I work for they dont supply us with Class "A" uniforms and our uniform allowance isnt all that much when we do get that either.  So my plan is to just wear my normal uniform except I fear being looked down on by other officers because I wont be in a Class "A".  Im curious as to what your thoughts are on this....I dont want to be the only person under dressed.


If it is necessary I could go dressed as a civilian but since Ofc. Miktarian's wife is from my department I wanted to go with the my department as a whole to show support and not be seperated from the group.  Your opinions and advice are very much appreciated....I guess im a little self conscious but this is a big day and it is very important to me that I make the best decision.  Thanks again, -Sara. 

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

In our area, the dispatchers don't have class A's and yet have attended funerals and stood in formation with everyone else. I can't speak for your area, but I can say in our area, you would not be looked down but welcomed as one who wants to recognize a fallen officer.

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

AS a former member of my departments Honor Guard I would say that you should wear civilian clothing. That way it would take some of the attention off of you. The family will be happy that you attend the service and your department would still be represented.


Make sure that you have white gloves so that you can stand in the formation

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

Not having a class A, if you are wearing a regular uniform, then make sure it's long sleeve,with tie and white gloves.  make it look as professional as possible.  Having been to a few funerals, we at first did not have class A's but wore our "winter' uniform.  If still in question, then go in a darker colored suit, with low key colors.  I wouldn't wear white gloves with civilian clothes unless everyone in a prosession is doing so. 


My prayers are with the family..

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

i've been to several funerals, and while our department issues a summer and winter class A uniform, I don't ever remember looking down on anybody whether they wore a class A uniform or not.  As long as you aren't wearing t-shirts and jeans and look professional i don't think anyone would be offended.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Class a should be long sleeve shirt, tie and service hat at the minimum.  If you're adding a top coat, its a dress uniform. Wear your unform, long sleeve shirt if its not 100 degrees outside and you'll be fine, but...


MAKE SURE polish your boots to a high shine, clean your leather gear and everyhing on you. Make sure your name tag, badge and other collar brass shine as well.  Get your shirt and pants pressed, starched and have your sleeves creased. Put a black morning band on your badge too and have white gloves.


do that and you'll be as squared away as anyone in a dress jacket/coat.


 

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I have been to way too many police funerals.  You will never be looked down upon regardless of what you wear.  Dispatchers are as much a part of the law enforcement family as regular officers and when your paying final respects to one of our own, we'll take you any way we can get you.  The fact that you are concerned says that it matters to you.  Our dispatchers don't wear uniforms and our records staff wear a quasi uniform.  That's what they wear to the memorial services.  Thanks for caring.