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The Police Emerald Society of Washington, D.C. was founded in 1986 by Sgt. John J. Day of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. We are a non-profit fraternal cultural association comprised of sworn active and retired Police personnel and associate members of Gaelic decent, who proudly promote their Celtic heritage. We are charter members of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies whose primary objective is to unite Irish-American groups under a unified organization.


The Police Emerald Society of Washington, D.C. is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland.  We are comprised of Irish-American law enforcement personnel and associate members from various agencies located in Maryland, Washington, D.C.  and Virginia.  We are a charter member of the National Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (chapter#1). 

Our Mission
Our Society's goals include some of the following:


  • to develop the spirit of fraternalism and fellowship amongst our members.

  • to encourage active participation in community activities.

  • to encourage and enhance professionalism within the law enforcement profession to better serve the community.

  • to promote positive public sentiment towards law enforcement.

  • to assist needy members and aid their families in the event of a line of duty death.


Membership is open to all active/retired law enforcement personnel and civilians who share ancestry and/or an interest in Gaelic history and heritage.





We have quarterly meetings and numerous functions a year, including: the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Wreath Laying Ceremony, Hospitality Nights (May-During Police Week), Baseball Night (September), Fall Beach Fling (October) and a Christmas Party (December).

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