Honoring officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice by preserving their legacy and ensuring America never forgets.

The first Emerald Society was formed in 1953 by Irish-American police officers of the New York City Police Department. The New York City Police Department Emerald Society was formed to help foster the spirit of Irish heritage within its members and to promote and preserve their accomplishments.

Today there are approximately 88 Law Enforcement Emerald Society’s nationwide most of which are members of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies.

How the San Jose Police Emerald Society is Different

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The San Jose Police Emerald Society offers support and encouragement to the families of our fallen officers.

our goals are to:

  • Support and have a physical police presence in ceremonies and memorials of fallen active duty or retired officers.

  • Build community bonds, partnerships, and understanding through sharing knowledge of San Jose police history, Emerald Society history, and Irish/Celtic culture.

  • Maintain open communication with community groups, the business community, and the public to build support for police services and the profession.


                                                                          We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. 

Officially Recognized by The Scottish Register of Tartans!

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A special tartan was developed for the San Jose Police Emerald Society to be the unique pattern woven for kilts for the pipe and drum band of our Emerald Society. The tartan was designed for the San Jose Police Emerald Society, Inc on August 1, 2017 and registered on October 17, 2017.  The colors and pattern of the tartan signify the following:

The blue represents the blue blood running through the veins of all police officers; the black lines represent the sorrow bands worn on officers badges during times of mourning; the silver lines represent the line officers doing the toughest job on the mean streets and the first ones to be put into harm’s way; and the green represents the Irish heritage of the Emerald Society with the culture, music, arts, fellowship, and cheer that accompanies it!

All members of the San Jose Police Emerald Society, their friends and families are encouraged to wear this tartan. The use of this tartan is limited to San Jose Police Emerald Society members and associates and members of the San Jose Police Department. All others must receive written permission from the President of the San Jose Police Emerald Society.

The tartan is officially registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans and is ours to use exclusively, forever!