The mourning band is the traditional way for Police, Fire & EMS to publicly mourn the Line Of Duty Death of one of their own. While there is no national standard. It is important that each agency has a written policy regarding the wearing of mourning bands. For the sake of uniformity. That each employee strictly adheres to their department’s policy.
Black mourning bands shall be worn on the Badges of Paramedics, EMT's and Dispatchers in the following circumstances, generally straight across the center. On star shaped badges, the band should be worn with the band from "11 to 5". In the event your department does not have badges, the mourning band maybe worn over the employees ID card. Electrical tape is discouraged, but may be used in a pinch.
Procedure for when to wear the mourning band: