The mission of the Maine Police Emerald Society is to develop a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship among its members as well as to promote police professionalism among Gaelic-American law enforcement officers.



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.”

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.



Kevin Riordan President Old Orchard Beach Police Department
Michael Mercer Vice President Mesa, AZ Police Dept. (Retired)/Cumberland County SO (Former)
Mike Barrett Secretary Maine Department of Corrections
Mike Nugent Treasurer Kennebunk Police Department
Bob Ryder Sergeant at Arms South Portland Police Department (Retired)
Rob Morris Membership Coordinator Bath Police Department Communications (Former)
Bob LaPlante Committee Coordinator Maine Department of Corrections, Probation & Parole



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

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

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

County Agencies

  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office (FL)
  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sarasota County, FL Schools Police Department
  • York County Sheriff’s Office
  • York County District Attorney’s Office

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

Armed Forces

  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy
  • United States Merchant Marine