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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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Benefits the Travis Mills Foundation and Law Enforcement Families

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Upcoming Events

  • Maine Police Emerald Society Annual Golf Tournament
    Maine Police Emerald Society Annual Golf Tournament
    Sat, Jun 17
    Westbrook
    Jun 17, 2023, 7:00 AM
    Westbrook, 771 Cumberland St, Westbrook, ME 04092, USA
    Jun 17, 2023, 7:00 AM
    Westbrook, 771 Cumberland St, Westbrook, ME 04092, USA
    Help us help the Travis Mills Foundation, Helping re-calibrate veterans and support their families.

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WHO WE ARE

Our Roots

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.”

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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.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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.

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SCHOLARSHIPS 

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.

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CELTIC HERITAGE 

 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. 

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CHARITY/FUNDRAISING

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. 

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Join Us

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 secretary@mainepoliceemeraldsociety.org).

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2021-2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Pure Professionalism

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KEVIN RIORDAN
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President

GET INVOLVED

The Maine Police Emerald Society has members from the following agencies:

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FEDERAL 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

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STATE AGENCIES

  • 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

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MUNICIPAL AGENCIES

  • 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

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ARMED FORCES 

  • United States Air Force

  • United States Army

  • United States Coast Guard

  • United States Marine Corps

  • United States Navy

  • United States Merchant Marine

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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!

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CONTACT MAINE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY

Get in touch with the Maine Police Emerald Society to learn more about us and how you can get involved.

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NEWS & VIEWS

Your Maine Police Emerald Society Resource Center

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MONTHLY MEETINGS

February 7, 2020

Summary and minutes of monthly business meeting

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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE  MAINE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY

March 17, 2020

Whatever is on the President's mind

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