The Cape May County Police and Fire Emerald Society was founded in 1993. Our membership consist of approximately 650 people that are categorized as Active and Retired Police Officers and Firefighters and Associate members who are family and friends of the Police and Firefighters and support our goals. All members must be of Irish ancestry.
The Cape May County Police & Fire Emerald Society is a member of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies and the New Jersey Grand Council of Emerald Societies.
The Society was formed as a fraternal and social organization that would unite public safety members in the common goal of further the preservation of Irish Culture. In addition to being a fraternal and cultural organization, our members support numerous social, civic and charitable endeavors throughout Cape May County and the region. We are a registered Charitable Organization in the State of New Jersey.
The Society is a strong supporter of activities such as local school fundraisers, youth programs, Elks Children’s Christmas Party, Moose Lodge Children’s Party, Project Children, Irish Political Prisoners Children’s Holiday Program, Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Survivor’s Weekend, Firemen’s Convention etc.
Since the year 2000, the Society has been offering annual scholarships to graduating seniors in the Cape May County High Schools. We are currently offering a $1500.00, $1,000.00 and $500.00 Scholarships to the High School seniors of Irish heritage who compete in our Essay Contest on various themed topics relating to the Irish culture. The winning essays are selected by the Society’s Trustees.
Our distinguished Honor Guard carries the Colors at many of our community events and we are proud that they have served as “Host Honor Guard” for the 2002 Police Week Memorial in Washington, DC. They also carry the colors and escort the Cape/Atlantic Police & Fire Irish Pipe Brigade at the annual Pipe Band Competition held yearly at the Irish Fall Festival in North Wildwood, New Jersey.