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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In addition to offering 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 in police services and support for the police profession.


Our non-profit 501(c)3 status is pending.