Cead mile failte - "One hundred thousand welcomes"
Criteria for membership is as follows: Active and retired Law Enforcement personnel either sworn or civilian. Spouse or immediate family member of law enforcement personnel. Or a civilian supporter that is sponsored by an active ALEES member.
Members must (1) uphold the values and traditions of ALEES, (2) be prepared to assist in their benevolent efforts to provide financial and other support to law enforcement families in need (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 and culture within Law Enforcement.
Without the support of other charitable organizations, corporate sponsors, and caring citizens, we could not accomplish our goals. We rely on sponsorships and donations for our larger events to offset expenses and maximize our fundraising.
The ALEES is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, under IRS 26 U.S.C. § 170.
President: Erin Ring, Ret. Phoenix PD
Vice President: Kelly Sullivan, Trooper DPS
Secretary: Peggy Cleveland, Phoenix PD
Treasurer: Kimberly Wyatt,
Ofc. Phoenix PD
Sgt. at Arms: Joel Ring, Ofc.
Historian: Frank O'Halloran. Ret. Ofc Scottsdale PD
History of Emerald Societies in the U.S.
The idea to establish an organization of Irish-American police began with a small group of policewomen. Doris Burke, Lillian Reilly, Mary Paterson and Eileen Romancheck were the women who set things in motion. Their grassroots efforts would eventually lead the NYPD to have the first Emerald Society in America in 1953. The goal of the organization, from its infancy, was to help foster Irish heritage and tradition within the department, and also to promote and preserve the accomplishments that the Irish have made to law enforcement.
There are now Emerald Societies throughout the United States and hold a yearly conference.
National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES)
The first meeting was held May 14, 1995. The cornerstone of NCLEES is to unite Emerald Societies under a national banner. The objectives of NCLEES are 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, 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; and to work with civic and public safety associations on areas of mutual concerns.
The Az. Law Enforcement Emerald Society (ALEES)
The first meeting was held on 2/2/03 in Mesa, Az. The first Board was made up of Mesa PD LE: Mike Saltz, Bob Loftus, John Sharkey, Gerry Adams, Kevin Baggs & Larry Hall. ALEES emphasizing camaraderie, brotherhood (sisterhood) and support for our community through social events, meetings and annual festivities. Since 2010 the charitable activities have become one of the primary focuses of the organization. Throughout the year we hold events that focus on fundraising for LE families in need or injured or families of fallen LE personnel.
ALEES is a proud member of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES).
Yearly Membership Dues from March 17 to March 16 the following year