The Honor Guard
In August of 1998, Officer James S. Hopkins II was fatally injured while transporting inmates from the Justice Center to the Missouri Department of Corrections. During memorial services for Officer Hopkins, the Department of Justice Services relied upon the St. Louis County Police Department Honor Guard to provide the appropriate services. As a result of this tragedy, our Honor guard was formed in 1999. We started with six members and no equipment, wearing regular uniforms and searching for training.
The Department of Justice Services' Honor Guard has evolved into one of the most recognized and admired law enforcement Honor Guards in the state of Missouri and has become known for their distinctive uniforms and precision drill techniques.
One of the primary functions is to represent our Department at annual memorial services for law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Honor Guard also represents the Department at funeral services for employees and former employees. The Honor Guard has participated in the Annie Malone May Day Parade and has presented the colors for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team at Busch Stadium. This group of dedicated officers work extremely hard to ensure that they represent the Department of Justice Services and the corrections profession with pride, dignity, and honor. In September, 2004, the Honor Guard escorted the County Executive, Mr. Charlie A. Dooley in the Gateway Classic Parade in downtown St. Louis. The Honor Guard members look forward to participating in more community oriented activities in the future.