Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the "Emerald Society" ?
(From Wikipedia) The Emerald Society is an organization of American police officers or fire fighters of Irish heritage. Emerald Societies are found in most major U.S. cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, WI, Jersey City, NJ, District of Columbia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Colorado, Baltimore and Cincinnati. Other chapters are state wide including Arizona. Federal law enforcement officers such as Special Agents and Customs and Border Protection officers and who are of Irish/Gaelic descent are eligible to join the Emerald Society of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies or the Emerald Society with in their individual City or State where they serve. The Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society offers membership to law enforcement professionals, retired and active,including dispatchers, annalists and civilian aides. The Makeup of the Executive Board must be a majority of members of Irish Decent, but the membership ranks are filled with a wide variety of ethnicity, with the primary requirement of displaying the Irish qualities of honoring the community, dedication to duty and support for the Law Enforcement Family as a whole.
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What are the objectives of the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society (A.L.E.E.S) ?
The Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society is still a fraternal organization at heart, emphasizing camaraderie, brotherhood (sisterhood) and support for our community through social events, meetings and annual festivities. In 2010 The Emerald Society launched a specific benevolent charitable event for the families of a number of officers that had passed that year. Since then the Charitable activities have become one of the primary focuses of the organization, throughout the year we hold events that focus on a specific fundraising goal , be it a fallen officer, injured brother or sister, family in need or to support organizations with the same goals and focus.
The remaining objectives are the same as the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies(NCLEES) and include:
To unite all public safety Emerald Societies in order to develop fraternalism amongst its members.
To preserve the Irish culture and to promote the contributions of our ancestors.
To recognize the accomplishments of Irish-Americans in Law Enforcement and other public safety professions.
To exchange information and enhance communications among member organizations and to start new public safety Emerald Societies.
To provide a unified and effective voice for its member organizations to the Congress of the United States and other government institutions.
To work with civic and public safety associations on areas of mutual concerns
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The 2018 membership application season is here !
The Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society is accepting applications to renew and/or begin a membership with the Society. Our members consist of two groups, the first "Active LE Member" is made of Law Enforcement Professionals, active or retired , sworn or civilian personnel. The second "Associate Member" is for family, and supporting citizens who wish to participate and contribute with ALEES in their events, fundraisers and holiday celebrations. Associate Members must be sponsored by an active LE member and , like all members submit an application for membership.
Members must (1) uphold the values and traditions of the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society, (2) be prepared to assist in their benevolent efforts to provide support to families of fallen and injured officers (3) maintain a positive image and professional relationship with other law enforcement personnel, agencies and supporting organizations and (4) continue to celebrate and honor the rich tradition of Irish Heritage with in Law Enforcement.
Members do not have to prove or provide a certain percentage of Irish heritage to join, however at least 50% of the Board members must be a majority Irish Heritage to maintain standards of the National Emerald Society Standards.
Members dues are $35.00 and the membership year runs from St Patricks Day (March 17th) through the next March 16th, where the next years membership dues are required to renew and continue membership. Board Members and Past Presidents are exempt from the membership dues. At the discretion of the Board , an exceptionally active participating member can have his/her membership fee waived.
Membership includes a dated, yearly membership card, access to membership only areas at events, access to membership perks such as free beer and food offered at some events , free entrance to many events the Society participates in , first access/discounts to tournaments, and some discounted items including t-shirts, challenge coins, pins and other swag
To request a membership application send and e-mail to AZEmeraldsociety@Gmail.com