The Rocklin Police Honor Guard Unit was formed in 2000 and it has served the community with distinction since that date. The motto of the unit is “Fidelis, Vigilo, Pius”, which is Latin for faithful, watchful and respectful. These are all aspects of the mission that the unit is charged to carry out.
While all police officers have a dress uniform, the Rocklin Police Honor Guard has a distinctive uniform that sets it apart from other members of the department. This is to signify the commitment that its members make to fulfill the honor guard’s mission.
The mission of the honor guard unit is to represent the Rocklin Police Department at community events, award ceremonies, at the police officer’s memorial ceremony and to attend funerals for officers killed in the line of duty. The members of the honor guard must be ready to attend events at all times, since they do not know when they will be called upon for service.
As part of our mission, the honor guard participates in the annual California Police Officer Memorial week which is held in the second week of May. This event is held in Sacramento at the Police Officer Memorial. Honor guard members stand watch at the memorial and answer questions from the public attendees.
The unit also participates in the Placer County Honor and Awards Ceremony which is held annual in November. This ceremony honors heroic actions of officers from agencies though out Placer County. At this event, the honor guard works with members of other agencies to present the colors and retire the colors.
The members of the unit stand ready to pay their respects to officers that pay the ultimate price for their community. Since the year 2000, members of the honor guard have attended scores of funerals at agencies all over Northern California. We take this mission seriously as it is our opportunity to honor the fallen officer and to pay our respect to that officer’s family. The honor guard stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement to never forget the sacrifices of our fallen officers.
Rocklin Loses One of Our Own
One of the saddest chapters in the history of the Rocklin Police Department was the death of Officer Matt Redding on October 9, 2005. Officer Redding was killed in the line of duty while serving the community he grew up in and he called home. The Rocklin Police Honor Guard acted as casket escorts during the viewing, escorted the casket into the church and stood in honor during the memorial service. The honor guard escorted the pall bearers at the church and the cemetery. Members of the honor guard folded the flag that Chief Mark Siemens presented to the Redding Family.
Officer Redding has been honored at the peace Officer’s Memorial by having his name listed with all the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to their communities. A memorial sign has been erected on Highway 65 honoring Officer Redding’s sacrifice. Members of the honor guard and the police department will never forget Officer Redding.
We Stand Ready
The members of the honor guard stand ready to serve the department and the community. We are here to honor those who serve and those who have fallen in service. Our members may change with time but the mission remains the same as does our commitment to carry it out.