LEMA Honor Guard Camp - Camp Ripley, MN
In 1991, the LEMA Honor Guard was established so that Minnesota officers who die in the line of duty receive the ceremony, honor and dignity that such a sacrifice deserves at the time of their funeral. A secondary mission of the Honor Guard is to serve as a constant reminder of Minnesota officers who stand ready to give their lives if duty calls. Until the activation of the LEMA Honor Guard, ceremony was only provided by local veterans organizations, often only in cases where the officer was a veteran.
The LEMA Honor Guard is the first Police Honor Guard in the nation made up of statewide volunteer officers. Applicants for the Honor Guard must complete a written application, oral review board, physical test, and background investigation. Only full-time law enforcement officers in Minnesota are eligible to be on the LEMA Honor Guard. The current Honor Guard consists of over 40 volunteers from different agencies in Minnesota, including metro and out-state officers.
Initial training for LEMA Honor Guard members is received at a five-day training session, held annually at Camp Ripley. This training is sponsored and instructed by LEMA Honor Guard members and was the first non-military Honor Guard training offered in the U.S. Agencies from as far away as California, Florida and Texas (along with many other states) have attended, including Federal Law Enforcement, as well as the U.S. Border Patrol. Most classes include over 100 officers. The LEMA Honor Guard members are proud to attend training with the 3rd Infantry at Fort Meyer, Virginia (commonly referred to as “The Old Guard”).
LEMA Camp 2017
Camp is scheduled for Sunday, September 17th – Thursday, September 21st.
Every year, law enforcement honor guards from Minnesota and neighboring states come to the Minnesota Army National Guard training center at Camp Ripley, MN to train and practice military drill and ceremony. Officers learn how to post and present colors, fire ceremonial salutes with rifle, handgun, and shotgun, and how to stand ceremonial guard duty. In addition, attendees learn how to plan and organize funerals and ceremonies. LEMA Honor Guard Camp is the first such training camp in the US.
Cost is $525.00 per person for registrations prior to August 15. . After August 15, the fee is $625.00 with no discount for teams.
Tuition includes lodging, meals, resource materials, and some utility uniform items. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of payment or purchase order. Minnesota POST Board approved for 34 hours of CEU.
Olmsted County Sheriff's Office
101 4 ST SE Rochester MN 55904
Office: (507) 328-6777 Fax (507) 328-6990
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