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Charges for funeral escorts in Va.

The Charlottesville Police Department is asking funeral homes to pay for officer escorts for large funeral processions.

The department is charging $150 for the police escorts, which typically are required for safety and insurance reasons. Smaller processions don't receive escorts.

Chief Timothy Longo says the charge, which took effect this spring, is in line with a nationwide trend.

The escorts are most often provided by traffic and parking officers, though patrol officers sometimes assist. Longo says escorts can easily take an hour or more, keeping those officers from performing other duties.

Some funeral homes have stopped offering processions.

-- The Daily Progress

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 30, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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