Spring Newsletter, Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department

Annual Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bernard McGinniskin Police Officers of the Year:
Detective James Coyne (B2), P.O. Eric McPherson(YVSF), P.O. Ellys Lee(YVSF) & P.O. Michael Taylor(YVSF)

Man of the Year:
Patrick McDonough, Irish Cultural Center

Millie Smith Member of the Year:
Member Brian F. Hearn of Roslindale

Community Service Award:
WROL Irish Radio 50th Anniversary


Annual South Boston St Patrick's Day Parade, March 19th, 2017 

NCLEES Spring Meeting & Election of Officers, Washington DC, May 14, 2017
(Our own Past President & Executive Board Member Sean McCarthy is on the ballot for NCLEES Recording Secretary)


NY/NJ Port Authority Police Emerald Society Annual Fenway Trip, May 24, 2017 7:00 PM Red Sox  vs Texas Rangers 

($100 per drawing ticket)

Includes a pair of tickets to EACH 2015 regular season New England Patriot's home game along with parking and the PRE and POST game Celebrity Tailgate. For package info visit: www.patriotstailgatge.com

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,000

4th, 5th & 6th Prizes: HDTVs

Also, $200 will be drawn every 25th ticket.

$100 per drawing ticket


Only 300 tickets sold. Need NOT be present to win. Chances of winning: 1 in 16.


September Monthly Meeting-September 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Hi all, and I hope this labor day weekend finds some enjoyment and relaxation with friends and family. Here are some quick updates from the hall, road race planning, and renovation progress.

September Monthly Meeting-September 8th, 2016 at 8:00 PM-Please come and check out the new hall updates.

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We are in need for our membership to step up and volunteer with a variety areas. We need some volunteers for the following events/causes.

Saturday September 3, 2016 Noon- assist Dave Hogan in leaflet drops for notification letters to our abutters affected by next weekend's road race. If interested in assisting please email Dave Hogan at hogirish47@gmail.com or just show up at the hall tomorrow at noon.

Monday September 5, 2016 7:00 PM-assist in wiping down tables and chairs part of hall clean up. Any questions or plan on helping please email emeraldboston@gmail.com.

Tuesday September 6, 2016 8:00 PM-final road race meeting-we need volunteers and thereafter help with additional hall cleanup.

Thursday September 8, 2016 8:00 PM-September Monthly Meeting

Sunday September 11, 2016 11:00 AM-Emerald Society 8th Annual Halfway to St Patrick's Day Road Race benefiting Cops for Cancer.

Look forward to seeing our membership, specifically those that have been away from the hall for a while to come check out the newest improvement to our hall. Please step up and volunteer your time for the betterment of the hall.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day




The Officers and Board of Directors of the

Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department

extend a Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you and your families.

We hope you enjoyed the day and are enjoying the evening responsibly.

Stay safe.


We would also like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the

family, friends and coworkers of

Massachusetts State Police

Trooper Thomas Clardy


who was tragically killed in the line of duty yesterday on the Massachusetts Turnpike.


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We will double the amount of Birch Street prizes to make up for not having the Birch Street drawing in February.

There new flat caps have been a big hit and sold out the first run almost instantly.  We have more in stock now: gray and black available with the logo embroidered on the back.

We are happy to offer the Patriot's All Pro drawing again. It has been a huge success the last few times. The proceeds from this effort will go towards a new floor, sprucing up the wooden bar, larger televisions over the bar and acoustic improvements in the hall.

(The new ceiling caused an unforeseen echo that we are working to mitigate)

As with the past drawings, we will limit sales to 300 and each ticket is a $100 donation.  The grand prize includes a pair(2) tickets to each 2016 REGULAR season New England Patriots HOME game with parking and pre and post game Celebrity Tailgate.

For full package details, see www.patriotstailgate.com

2nd prize: $2,000

3rd prize: $1,000

4th, 5th & 6th prizes: HDTVs

Also, $200 prize to be drawn every 25th ticket.

1 in 16 will win a prize. Need not bone present to win.













TICKETS $50/each


Barney McGinniskin Police Officers of the Year

Boston Police Officer John T. Moynihan

Boston Police Officer Brian W. Johnson

Boston Police Officer Janet P. Lewis

Boston Police Officer Dennis M. Medina

Boston Police Officer James J. Conley

Boston Police Detective Brian L. Ball

Massachusetts State Police Trooper William A. Cameron, III


Emerald Society Man of the Year

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William G. Gross


Emerald Society Lifesaving Award

Dr. Michael O'Shea

Dr. Panos Voukydis


In addition to the awards presentations and enjoying a meal and fellowship amongst our members and friends, I will be swearing in your new President, James M. O'Loughlin, Sr.  Jimmy will then swear in your new Vice President, Kevin R. Plunkett.

Edward Dervan will remain as Treasurer, Richard Forrester will remain as Secretary. Several members of the Board of Directors will continue to serve in their positions and we welcome Officer Brendan Kelly (YVSF) and Detective Jake Elwood (CACU) to the board.


For those Active BPD employees that are not already enrolled in our payroll deduction system and those that do not qualify for the deduction, we are now accepting dues for the March 17, 2016 to March 17, 2017 season.   Dues remain $25 per year. New memberships are $30 for the initial year and then $25 each year thereafter.

Jimmy, Ned, Brendan and I attended an informational breakfast with Fionnuala Quinlan, Consul General of Ireland for Boston.  The meeting was in regards to the Boston College v. Georgia Tech football game to be played in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Clearly a trip to Ireland can bear some expenses and not everyone finds themselves able to afford travel expenses and time off. We are looking to get a list of people together that have an interest in going to Dublin for the game so that we can have a realistic conversation with some of the contacts we made in hopes of getting discounted tickets to the game, discounted lodging, etc. We will need to give them concrete answers by the first week of April as tickets that are being held will then need to be purchased or released to others.

It has been my privilege and honor to serve as your president for the past two years.  I think we accomplished a lot of positive things and gained a lot of momentum with hall improvements and membership increases. Some of the decisions made by the board were met with resistance or weren't the most popular; but, the board had the wellbeing of the Society as a whole at the forefront.

I encourage each of you to get involved, stay involved and recruit new members so that the Society continues to thrive. I congratulate the incoming Officers and Board members and wish them well as they bring the Society into it's next chapters.

I wish each of you the best and thank you all for your patience and dedication.


Purposes of our Society

To develop a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship amongst it's members.

To encourage a fuller participation in the activities of organizations existing within the police department.

Encourage members to fully familiarize themselves with the prescribed, authorized and accepted practices and procedures of law enforcement in a courteous, intelligent manner.

To engender exemplary deportment on the part of it's members, thereby creating respect and good will for the police in the city.

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at all times.

To inculcate and preserve in it's members the heritage of their Gaelic culture.

To award scholarships annually to children and grandchildren of members of the society as provided in the by-laws of the society and also to the children of the members of the society who were in good standing at the time of their death


Pride in Our Heritage


Liam Patrick Hawkins

President, Emerald Society of the Boston Police Dept.



I am pleased to report that Boston Police Officer John T. Moynihan continues to make remarkable strides in his long road to recovery after being brutally shot in the line of duty on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on March 27th. Although we all wish this critical incident did not happen at all, I think we can all agree that the outcome was far better than it could have been; offender neutralized and Officer beating all odds to triumph over evil and live to fight another day. Hats off to John and the other Officers and Massachusetts State Trooper who were involved in the initial encounter and did what needed to be done. Once again, the men and women of Boston Emergency Medical Services and the Boston Medical Center worked miracles and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you to the BPD personnel of all ranks, districts and units as well as the MSP, other law enforcement agencies and first responders who came together at a moment’s notice and were and continue to be on hand to assist John and his family and friends. The BPPA and other BPD Unions, the BPD Peer Support Unit, BPD Family Assistance Unit and countless officers from BPD and surrounding jurisdictions were all on hand to lend support whether it be dropping off a “Box ‘o’ Joe” from Dunkins or driving family members where they needed to be. The Youth Violence Strike Force, more commonly called the Gang Unit (where John is assigned) exemplified unit cohesion and continues to do so. I ask that you continue to keep John and his family in your prayers as he still has a long road ahead of him; but as he has already proven, he is strong as an Ox, very determined and has a positive and upbeat attitude that we could all learn something from.

National Police Week

Past President Sean McCarthy, Vice President Jim O’Loughlin, Treasurer Ned Dervan and I will be representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department at National Police Week this year. On Tuesday, May 12, we will be attending the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Top Cop Awards ceremony where Boston Police Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan, and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and William Traft will be honored by the President of the United States. You may recall the Emerald Society honored these distinguished gentlemen as the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department’s Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin Police Officers of the Year.

On Wednesday, May 13, we will be attending the 27th annual Candle Light Vigil where numerous members of the BPD will accompany the family and friends of Boston Police Officer Dennis O. “DJ” Simmonds, Jr. as his name is added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As you already know, Dennis was a member of the BPD and the Youth Violence Strike Force and sadly passed away April 14th, 2014 after collapsing during training at the Boston Police Academy. DJ’s untimely death was a result of a brain aneurism which was directly related to line of duty injuries received on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts while participating in the massive manhunt of the marathon bombers. On Saturday, May 2, Ned, Jim and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with DJ’s aunt and uncle, cousins, grandfather and close friend as the Irish American Police Officer’s Association of Massachusetts (IAPOA) honored DJ posthumously with their Medal of Honor. Thank you to IAPOA President Mark O’Toole and his distinguished board for bestowing that honor on DJ. The IAPOA also honored fallen Plymouth, Massachusetts police officer Gregg Maloney with the Medal of Honor. Our thoughts are with the Simmonds and Maloney families as they cope with the first anniversary of the loss of their loved ones and prepare to trek to DC to have their loved ones names added to the wall.

On Thursday, May 14, we will attend the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) spring meeting where we will be updated on the national happenings and briefed on the plans for the fall meeting which will be hosted by Chicago from September 24th to the 26th. In the evening, we will attend the 21st Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service. For those of you who are unable to travel to DC but wish to participate in honoring our fallen, you can visit: www.nleomf.org/canle-light-vigil-wall/ where you will be able to watch the vigil and even light a virtual candle. There were 117 Police Officers lost in 2014.


This year more than ever, National Police Week is an important time to honor and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who swear an oath and pin on a badge. Whether it be the ultimate sacrifice, giving one’s life, or the daily sacrifices that the average professional can’t fathom: missing kid’s sports games, working on Christmas, being ordered to work extra hours when already exhausted, the majority of people out there ARE good, DO care and DO appreciate what we do. I always explain to people that Police Officers are simply a cross-section of society and with that comes different upbringings, different backgrounds, different beliefs and, yes, human error. I would never profess that there are no “bad cops”, but there are bad letter carriers, sanitation workers, teachers, doctors and nurses also. A lot of the recent incidents in this Country have painted ALL law enforcement with a broad brush and portrayed the finest profession in the worst light. Certainly there have been some law enforcement officers who have made mistakes, some far more serious that others and even some that MAY amount to criminal offenses. Remember, the officers involved have the right to due process and NONE of us are in the position to judge them. The media will sensationalize these isolated cases and crucify the men and women involved regardless of FACTS. Now more than ever, stick together, back each other up, wear your body armor, make sure all of your gear is clean and in good working order and keep your head on a swivel. Remain professional and keep a cool head…don’t fall into the traps that a few rabble rousers will bait for you.


At the Board of Directors meeting in April, we discussed the current process of newsletter distribution and how it proves to be quite costly and time consuming. Between printing, postage and envelopes it can be upwards of $300 per month to mail a newsletter. It also takes quite a bit of time (an paper cuts) to stuff nearly 400 envelopes. The board voted to suspend the printed version beginning in September 2015. We will distribute the monthly newsletter via email and post it to the website: bpdemeraldsociety.com

By doing this electronically, we can also supplement the newsletter more frequently by sending email blasts if we have pertinent information to disseminate to the membership after the “deadline” of the former printed version. Should you need assistance setting up an email account, we would be happy to help you. If an individual insists on having a printed document, we can print and mail a modified version of the emailed newsletter. We are in the process of updating and building an email address database and when we send emails we will make an effort to use the “BCC”(blind carbon copy) so that your address doesn’t get disseminated to hundreds of other members. We will also NOT release our contacts database/your information to any other organizations. Please assist us in this venture by providing a current/valid and LEGIBLE email address at your earliest convenience.

As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot's Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can't promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board's focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints: