Drill and Ceremony Team (DCT)
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Drill and Ceremony Team (DCT) is a team of officers who were formed to honor the lives and memories of those
killed in the line of duty. The Drill and Ceremony Team represents the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the city of Nashville in formal ceremonies such as honor guard, color guard, parades, casket watches, funerals, and civic events. Its 28 members come from virtually all units and sections within the department. Its members are trained in basic rifle drills, police ceremonies, military ceremonies, and related tasks.
The Drill and Ceremony Team is comprised of highly trained departmental members specially selected for their dedication to the law enforcement profession and our department. Each member is selected and chosen specifically because of their appearance, skills, and talents that they will bring to the team.
Our Mission Statement: To honor those who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives in the service of the city of Nashville, the State of Tennessee, and the United States of America. We serve as ambassadors of hope and strength to those families who may need comfort in their darkest hour and as representatives of the City of Nashville, who is forever grateful.
Drill and Ceremony Team Creed
The main purpose of the team is to honor and stand watch over law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Our Drill and Ceremony Team takes pride in the law enforcement profession and strives to present a positive and professional image to the general public.
The MNPD Drill and Ceremony Team’s training is driven by the four pillars “Honor, Pride, Commitment, and Precision”. The team requires a member to have high levels of each to ensure that their uniform is spotless, buttons are shined, shoes are polished, and firearms are maintained in perfect order.
Each team member must have these traits so when it is time to train they are focused and dedicated to the task at hand. Training includes the basics of unarmed close order drill, armed close order drill, marching, organization, and preparation. The basics are what this team was founded on and support all other functions.
Pillars of Purpose
Honor: We honor fallen
officers of our city and our nation for giving their lives in the service of the City of Nashville and the United States of America. Their service and selfless sacrifice shall never be forgotten.
Pride: Each member takes great pride in their appearance, both publicly and privately. Being a member of this team is a most sought after position within the department. Each member understands the importance of their individual role as it relates to the whole team. They must be willing to humble themselves as individuals for the opportunity to be part of such an important unit and take pride in the group as a whole.
Commitment: Team members attend monthly practice to perfect their skills and knowledge. Significant amounts of personal time are necessary and encouraged to perfect the basic movements and skills needed to function as a team and not simply as a group of individuals.
Precision: The basics of drill and rifle movements serve as the foundation of the team. Down to the smallest detail, each member works diligently to make sure their uniforms and movements look perfect for every event and they move in unison as one body. From hand placement to foot angles, the Nashville DCT members strive for perfection.
The department’s Drill and Ceremony Team utilizes custom built ceremonial grade M-14 rifles and 1911 pistols which are built in house by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Gunsmith.
Attention to the details is what makes the difference between professional and exceptional.
In May 2013, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department's Drill and Ceremony team was once again judged among the best in North America. The team placed second in competition during National Police Week in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Drill & Ceremony Team are photographed with the judges from this year’s competition. Metro officers are (l-r) Detective Ryan Catron, Detective Cliff Knight, Sergeant Morgan Ford,Lieutenant Grant Carroll, Officer Joel Bontrager and Detective Donnell Barr. The event is judged by members of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, “The Old Guard,” whose primary duties are to serve as sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and by members of the U.S. Marine Corps 8th & I Barracks, where the Marine Silent Drill Team is based.
Previously, as part of the National Police Week celebration which is conducted in our Nation’s Capitol annually, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Drill and Ceremony Team attended and competed in the Fifth Annual Honor Guard Competition. The team represented our department and this city in an exceptional manner and won top honors, being judged as the 2007 National Champions.
This event which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police began at John Marshall Plaza located in Washington DC. The 21 teams from across the United States and Canada were required to perform three different functions that were judged during the competition. They were the Team Inspection Drill, the Color Guard Posting of the Colors, and an Exhibition Phase. During each phase of the competition teams and team members were judged on uniformity, military bearing, precision, and creativity.
Nashville DCT Participants included: James Boone, Ryan Catron, Bryan Doersam, Chad High, Chris West, Jimmy Knight, Leonard Keeler, and Ben Rodgers.
Drill and Ceremony Team Photo Galleries