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In Arkansas, funeral escorts coming to stop

Springdale is latest city to abolish tradition

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

Police escorts for funeral processions, as seen in this 2003 Northwest Arkansas Times photo, once were common in Arkansas towns. Today, only four of Arkansas’ largest cities still provide the service.
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Police escorts for funeral processions, as seen in this 2003 Northwest Arkansas Times photo, once were common in Arkansas towns. Today, only four of Arkansas’ largest cities still provide the service.

For about a century, police departments in Arkansas towns have provided an escort for funeral processions.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 15 on 02/03/2013

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Does this new rule apply to all individuals who pass away, or will the elite few still recieve a police escort? Who decides? Further, it seems not having a police escort would be more of a safety issue, and the PR the police departments gain far out weigh the minimal costs involved. This is a bad decsion and should be reviewed by each indivisual City Council. Let the people decide!

Posted by: ozarkembalming02250911

February 3, 2013 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

“I always looked at it as a sign of respect,” he said. “Of course, things do have to change. And that folks just goes to show that the sign of respect is no longer there. Of course things do have to change unfortunately the signs of respect are going away and the world is getting to be a more bitter place.

Posted by: oldrustynut

February 3, 2013 at 7:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Has anyone noticed that Sprigdale Police chief has stopped doing most things. She ended the bomb squad, took officers out of the school for a time and now this. What will it be next?

Posted by: merlin

February 3, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Not only did she send the Bomb Unit to Bentonville, she sent the bomb squad with it, she always wants more officers but then she gets rid of several. The city paid for these officers training and all the equipment, then just wasted it. No wonder they are short handed. Is this good management, I think not. The mayor and the City Council just let her do it with no regard for the peoples tax dollars. Tax dollars from Springdale people paid for this and the city just gave it away. Did anyone complain, did the News look into why this was being done except for a superficial article, NO. What is strange about this those bomb squad officers had no problem working for Bentonville, doesn't this seem odd.

Posted by: continuetocancelme

February 3, 2013 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )