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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Annual Banquet will be Friday, March 11, 2016

Posted by David Isberg on February 3, 2016

The banquet will feature presentation of Awards for the: Officer of the Year, Man of the Year, and Life-Saving Award. The recipients have been determined by the Executive Board; however, I will not publicize the names until they have been officially and properly notified. There will also be an Installation of new Officers: James O'Loughlin as President (2 years), Kevin Plunkett as Vice President (2 years) and a re-affirmation for Ned Dervan (Treasurer) and Dickie Forrester (Secretary). Other members of the Board of Directors will be re-affirming their existing commitments to the board and we will be welcoming Detective Jake Elwood (1 year Active term) and Brendan Kelly (3 year Active term). Tickets to the event are $50 each and Tables of ten (10) are $500.
I am in the process of compiling Winter/Spring news and will send it out in the near future.
Liam Patrick Hawkins
President, ESBPD 2014-2016

February Membership Meeting will be Thursday, 2/4/2016 at 8PM.

Posted by David Isberg on

Hope to see everyone Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00pm.


A Time for a Friend “Dan “Dapper” Adams”

Posted by David Isberg on January 21, 2016

Please consider stopping by the Emerald Society this Thursday evening, January 21st from 6PM until the end to show your support for Detective Dan "Dapper" Adams and his family. Danny is one of our past presidents and a great ambassador of the Society. He is recovering from a very scary, near-death medical episode just before Christmas. Dan is always the first to help EVERYONE ELSE, so now it's time to step up and repay the favors and show our support for him and his family.
$10 donation per guest

Some Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember

Posted by David Isberg on December 3, 2015


3PM to 7PM
Emerald Society Hall
10 Birch Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
(Parking available at the MBTA Commuter Rail lot  #1 Belgrade Ave
and the City of Boston Municipal Lot on Taft Hill Terrace)




THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015 beginning at 7PM
Cash bar, light refreshments.
There are a limited number of $100 drawing tickets left for a chance to win big. ONLY 150 will be sold.
Those interested in purchasing a ticket(s) can reply to this email or call/text Liam at 617-592-5889 and he will coordinate the sale or put you in touch with another seller.
ESBPD gear makes great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!
Pint glasses, challenge coins, lapel pins, long and short sleeved tee shirts, short-sleeved polo-style shirts, hooded sweatshirts, V-neck wind shirts, flex-fit style ball caps will be available for purchase during the December 10 gathering.
Administrative Issues to Consider:
*****Any member wishing to propose and amendment to, the repeal of, or an addition of any Bylaw of the ESBPD shall present such in writing at the December meeting.*****
Any ACTIVE (active or retired BPD) member who wishes to run for: President, Vice President or Treasurer for the term beginning in March shall be nominated at the January meeting. Any ACTIVE or ASSOCIATE member who wishes to run for Secretary shall be nominated at the January meeting. There will also be Executive Board openings. Elections shall take place in February.  YOU have a say in the future of the Society. The Society has lasted 4+ decades and the next 4+ decades depend on the participation of the membership. Get involved and keep things going strong.
The Officers and Board of Directors of the ESBPD wish you and your families a SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY Holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


ESBPD Fall News

Posted by David Isberg on October 7, 2015

Remaining 2015 Membership Meetings:

  • October 15, 2015 (Scholarship Drawing)
  • November 5, 2015
  • December 10, 2015 (Christmas Party and Cash Drawing)

My thanks to Past Presidents Sean McCarthy and Robert “Doc” Welby, Treasurer Edward “Ned” Dervan and Executive Board member Bernard “Bernie” Hicks for representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies in Chicago 9/24 through 9/27.  Our representatives again stressed the desire to be more involved and requested better communications from the national conference.  It was reported to me that attendees in Chicago were still praising Boston for our hospitality last fall.  The national board explained that the operating costs of the annual Pipe Band March and Memorial Service during the spring, Police Week, meeting continue to rise.  Additionally, the competition for that permitted slot in the program continues to rise.  Over the past 20 years, the pipe band march and memorial service has grown and become one of the most popular Police Week events.  In the coming months, the ESBPD will be participating in fundraising efforts to support the future of this worthwhile program. It was confirmed that the 2016 fall meeting of NCLEES will be in New Orleans, LA and Pittsburgh, PA is planning on hosting 2017.  Again, thanks to the guys for representing as I was unable to commit to the trip due to the upcoming wedding and ongoing K-9 training.

Sunday 9/27 was the “Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day 5K” to support Cops for Kids with Cancer and the Gentlemen’s Gym boxing program.  Thanks to Past President Dan Adams and ALL who helped out this year. This is a massive undertaking that Dan does a great job with every year.  We are looking to create a road race committee to divide responsibilities and lighten the load on any one individual.  If you are interested in helping out for future races, let us know; planning for the success of next year’s race starts shortly after the current year’s race settles.

I sometimes have mixed feelings about social media, but I am grateful that on the morning of Saturday, 9/5/15, thanks to a Facebook post, I became aware of a young family from Ethel, Louisiana.  It’s a story of how small the world can be and how the law enforcement community truly is a big family.  So, here goes: the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Department posted a Facebook story and well wishes for two of their officers, a young married couple named Kirt and Tamron Allen.  The Allen’s 12 day old son, Luke, was born with a heart condition that required surgery to be corrected.  A Natick, MA police officer, who I used to work with as a Lasell College Police Officer, shared the story to my Facebook page, knowing that the Allens were en route to Boston Children’s Hospital and that I was now a Boston Police Officer.  I reached out to Kirt via Facebook and we exchanged phone numbers.
By that afternoon, my partner and I had gone to Children’s and picked up the Allens to go shopping.  The Emerald Society purchased some essentials for the Allens to keep in their modest, dorm-style room at Children’s and we provided them ESBPD shirts and trinkets.  Word of the Allen’ story spread and the BPD community and other local law enforcement and their families began surrounding the Allens with the love and support they needed as they waited for Luke to arrive on a separate, medical flight.  They were in a strange city, far from home and their loved ones.  We felt compelled to make them feel as “at home” as possible and to try and reduce their stress as much as we could.  Along with ESBPD Executive Board members John Quinn (K-9) and Kevin Plunkett (B-2), I rallied a few volunteers from BPD District B-2, BPD K-9, the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force and BPD Mobile Operations (motorcycles) and the Massachusetts State Police.  My partner and I picked up the Allens at the hospital and took them to the airport to escort baby Luke’s ambulance from the airport back to Children’s.  We escorted the ambulance through the streets of Boston and safely to Children’s where Luke eventually underwent a successful surgery.
Over the next two weeks, the local law enforcement community (many of them Emerald Society members) and their families, showered the Allens with support in the form of meals, clothes, rides and even borrowing a baby seat.  I am happy to report that Luke is getting stronger and things are looking better every day.  Over the two weeks, the Allens and I went from complete strangers to extended family.  Ironically, I was transferred to BPD K-9 while the Allens were in town.  Kirt is a K-9 handler for Baton Rouge PD and I told him that Luke was my lucky charm in getting the new assignment.  Kirt has been great about keeping me in the loop with Luke’s progress and keeping me motivated for training by sending me pictures and videos of his K-9 “Omega” working.  Although Luke is headed in the right direction, he will likely have more medical expenses along the road.  If you would like to support the Allens, you can donate securely at:
Each October, the ESBPD holds a Scholarship Drawing.

The scholarship rules are as follows:

*** The drawing is for members, their children & grand children who pay tuition to the school they attend.

*** Members must be paid up in their dues for the current year to submit an application and must be a member for ATLEAST 6 months prior to submitting application.

*** Only one application per student may be submitted.

*** Copies of the application may be made, but must be the same size.

*** Applications must be submitted by mail or in hand to the Scholarship Committee by the October Membership Meeting (the drawing date).

*** Six $400.00 scholarships will be drawn with four alternates.

*** Only one scholarship may be awarded per family.

Print this form and submit by mail or in person to:

Emerald Society
10 Birch Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
ATTN: Treasurer

Must be received by 8PM on October 15, 2015


2015 Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department
Annual Scholarship Drawing

Name of Student ________________________________________________
School Attending _________________________________________________
Member’s Name __________________________________________________
Relationship _____________________________________________________
Member’s Address __________________________________________________

* This application will not be considered, if member has not paid his/her dues for the 2015-2016 membership year.

2015 Christmas Drawing & Member's Christmas Party
December 10, 2015 8PM

As in years past, there will only be 150 tickets sold at $100 each. However: we have made a slight adjustment to the prizes by upping the previous $100 winners to $150 so instead of breaking even, the winners will be in the plus.


(1) $5,000, (1) $1,500, (1) $1,000, (4) $500 & (5) $150