The Honor Guard is one of the most visible parts of the police department. It represents the department and community at a variety of events, including:
Line-of-duty Officer deaths
Wakes and funerals for retired and current employees of the department
Town events such as school sporting events, Officer promotional ceremonies, Discovery Day, the Police Department Open House, Fire Department Memorial dedication
Town parades on Patriots Day, Memorial Day and Veteran's Day
National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington DC
Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial at the State House in Boston
Presenting the colors for the National Anthem at the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Lowell Spinners games.
Officers in the Honor Guard have regular assignments on both the day shift and night shift. The unit is typically staffed with seven members. This number allows adequate personnel to be assigned to each event, while not always having to reduce shift strength or add expense in order to participate. The unit practices regularly year-round so that each person is proficient with flags, rifles, and at each spot in the formation.