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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

0217.00 Flag and National Anthem



  • Federal Flag Rules and Regulations


POLICY (217.00)

Directive Specific Definitions

Colors: A generic term applied to the flag of the United States of America.


The flag of the United States of America shall be displayed on a stationary pole at all police facilities from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. The flag of the United States will be displayed at half-staff only by order of the President of the United States and/or the Governor of Oregon. On the approach of the colors, members in uniform will face the flag at attention and render a military salute. The salute should be made when the colors approach within six paces, and until they have passed six paces beyond. Members will render the same courtesy in civilian dress, except with the right hand over the heart.

When the National Anthem is played, uniformed members will stand at attention facing the music and render a hand salute. The salute will be held from the first note of music to the conclusion of the last note. When in civilian dress, members will stand at attention with their right hand over their heart.