MAINE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY
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In 2002 several Gaelic-American law enforcement members in Maine gathered with the goal of forming a society and fraternal organization for Maine law enforcement personnel of Gaelic descent. Our Society is dedicated to recognizing and promoting the accomplishments and contributions of our ancestors and fellow Gaelic-Americans to the law enforcement community. We’re also devoted to developing the spirit of fraternalism and fellowship among our members, while promoting positive public sentiment towards the law enforcement community.
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WHO WE ARE
Some of the oldest municipal police forces in America were formed early in the 1800’s coinciding with the height of the Irish Potato Famine that lead to a dramatic increase in the number of Irish immigrating into the United States. Due to the nature of the position, few others wanted to work under the dangerous conditions, yet the prospect of a steady civil service job lured thousands of Irish-Americans into law enforcement making them the majority that founded and laid the groundwork for almost every early Police Department. Probably the oldest and most notable Irish influence is the playing of bagpipes at the funerals of fallen officers, award ceremonies, parades, and various events where respect and honor are celebrated. This tradition continues even today and is embraced by all law enforcement officers regardless of their ancestry.
One of the first Emerald Societies was started in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973 by the Boston Police Department. It is fitting considering that the Boston Police Department is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. The Boston Police Department was officially established in 1854 and was structured after a model designed by Sir Robert Peel for the Metropolitan Police Force of London, England.
Since 1973 Emerald Societies have formed around the United States and Canada. Most of the Emerald Societies that are formed today revolve around the public safety profession. Many of the Emerald Societies are law enforcement orientated, but many are geared towards firefighters, medical personnel, corrections officers, and some encompass all the above into one society. Regardless of which way a society is orientated they share one common goal, “to instill and preserve Gaelic culture and heritage amongst their members.”
WHAT WE DO
Maine Police Emerald Society's plan for 2020 will help us achieve more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. We will continue to support Law Enforcement Officers, Military Service Members (Active or Veteran), and their families. With access to the right resources, people can get well. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to encourage young men and women to look toward Public Safety as a career. Law Enforcement/Public Safety careers are among the noblest of all career paths.
We will continue to support those who wish to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of society.
It is our goal as the Maine Police Emerald Society to continue to foster Irish/Scottish/Welsh heritage and tradition within the State of Maine, and also to promote and preserve the accomplishments that Celtic Law Enforcement have and will make to our communities.
The Maine Police Emerald Society is dedicated to stepping up in our communities in supporting local charities and causes. We believe through cooperation and community involvement we can make our neighborhoods a better place to live.
The Maine Police Emerald Society offers three types of memberships:
Full Membership – Any full or part-time law enforcement personnel and support staff, including anyone previously employed who left in good standing and those retired. To include but not limited to, Federal, State, City, Town, County, Armed Forces, or Executive Board approval entity. Must be of at least 25% Celtic heritage (Irish, Scottish, or Welsh).
Associate Membership – Any full or part-time law enforcement personnel and support staff of any heritage, including anyone previously employed who left in good standing and those retired. To include but not limited to, Federal, State, City, Town, County, Armed Forces, or Executive Board approval entity.
Honorary Membership- Non-Law Enforcement Individuals who are at least 25% Celtic heritage and who share similar goals of the society.
Corporate Sponsors – For businesses, generally in the State of Maine, who share similar goals of the Society and have continuously supported the Society. Sponsor Members shall be approved by a simple majority vote of voting members present during a business meeting. (To apply or for more information contact the MPES Secretary at email@example.com).
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The Maine Police Emerald Society has members from the following agencies:
United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Homeland Security
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
United States Marshal Service
United States Postal Inspection Service
Maine Department of Corrections
Maine Department of Health & Human Services – Fraud Investigation Unit
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency
Maine Fire Marshal’s Office
Maine Liquor Enforcement
Maine Marine Patrol
Maine Office of Judicial Marshals
Maine Probation and Parole
Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office
Maine State Police
Maine Warden Service
New Hampshire Department of Justice
New Hampshire State Police
Bangor Police Department
Belfast Police Department
Biddeford Police Department
Boston, MA Police Department
Boston, MA Housing Authority Police Department
Bridgton Police Department
Brunswick Police Department
Cape Elizabeth Police Department
Falmouth Police Department
Fryeburg Police Department
Gardiner Police Department
Gorham Police Department
Hampton Beach, NH Police Department
Kennebunk Police Department
Kennebunkport Police Department
Lewiston Police Department
New York City Fire Department
North Berwick Police Department
Norway Police Department
Old Orchard Beach Police Department
Plymouth State University, NH Police Department
Portland Police Department
Rockland Police Department
Saco Police Department
Scarborough Police Department
South Portland Police Department
University of Southern Maine Police Department
University of Maine Police Department
Wells Police Department
Westbrook Police Department
Windham Police Department
York Police Department
Waterville Police Department
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
United States Merchant Marine
COMMUNITY FRIENDS AND SPONSORS
The contributions from these Community Partners and Friends have made a positive impact on our mission. We look forward to continued success through these collaborations!