In Alexandria, family members who want a police escort for their loved one’s funeral may soon have to pay up.
For the past 10 years, Alexandria Police have escorted funeral processions of 10 or more vehicles for free, according to the Washington Examiner. Last year, they accompanied 133 funeral processions. That amounted to about 6 percent of the police department’s motor time.
But now, according to the Examiner, the Alexandria City Council is considering charging $655 for the first 90 minutes, and $400 for each additional hour. Escorts typically require six officers and several cars.
The Examiner reports that if funeral escort service levels remain the same, the city of Alexandria would bring in about $87,000 a year.