Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pipes & Drums at San Pedro Christmas Parade

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums entertain spectators along Pacific Av. in San Pedro, California for the 31st San Pedro Christmas Parade 2011

Deputy Chief Patrick M. Gannon was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a third generation Los Angeles Police Officer following after his father who retired in 1973 as a Policeman and his grandfather who retired in 1952 as a Detective-Sergeant. Deputy Chief Gannon’s eldest son, Michael is also a Los Angeles Police Officer, assigned to Hollywood Division.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"The Garda" December Issue

Here's a link to the December issue of the Garda for your perusal. Again, thanks to Bill Robertson for all his effort in crafting our newsletter. Bill can't do it alone and already a few members are emailing him items for inclusion. If you have writing skills and would like to be an ocassional guest columnist, Bill would like to hear from you. Contact Bill Robertson


Saturday, December 3, 2011

PIPES & DRUMS perform in San Pedro

SAN PEDRO, CA: SUN 12/04/11 @ 1 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS will march in the 31st Annual San Pedro Christmas Parade

Parade announcers will be at 11th Street and South Pacific Avenue.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Late Requests

The Police Pipe & Drum Band "could" use a couple of volunteers to carry the Society banner at two eminent events, the December 3rd Anaheim Friends Outside parade and the December 4th San Pedro Christmas Parade. Please contact Pipe Major Scott Walton @  if you are available to carry the banner.

The December meeting and holiday gathering for the Society is graciously being hosted again this year by the Waltons at their home in the Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach. Please RSVP if you will attend our gathering at 7 p.m. on December 14th. You are asked to bring your own food and beverage but there'll be plenty for everyone.

We promise great camaraderie and a fun evening but we need you to stop by if only for a few moments. RSVP to  and we'll send you directions.

PS If you've already RSVP'd, we have your response and look forward to seeing you.

The Emerald Society Board of Directors

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Here are a few Emerald Society announcements prior to our next newsletter.

Please note our office address has changed to:

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society
714 West Olympic Blvd. Ste. 948
Los Angeles CA 90015-1425
(424) 218-6216

Our December Meeting and Christmas Gathering will again be at The Walton residence in Long Beach on December 14th at 7 p.m. Please bring your own food and drink. If you'll RSVP your plans to attend to we'll send an acknowledgement with the address and directions.

Please recruit a new member and join us for the December meeting.

Have you sent in your 2012 dues. You can download the application online @

Please remember to send the application to our new office suite!

Finally, here's a link to our November 9, 2011 meeting minutes. We trust that with our frequent newsletters courtesy of Bill Robertson and the posting of our meeting minutes, you'll be once again motivated to become active in our Society.

Emerald Society Meeting Minutes, 11/09/11


Your 2012-2014 Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just Released - The Shaping of the Celtic World

The Shaping of the Celtic World

Patrick Lavin is a history enthusiast who devotes his retirement years to research and writing about the ancient Celts. Originally from Ireland, he immigrated to Canada in 1954 and later moved to the United States. A graduate of California State University Northridge, Patrick is retired from a career with the U.S. Department of Labor (LMSA). He now resides in Tucson with his wife, Joan, where he is a member of the Society of Southwest Authors.

Pipes & Drums to Perform at Benefit Concert

LONG BEACH CA: SAT 11/19/11, 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tilted Kilt Pub


Additionally, Southern California’s top Irish bands, Craic Haus, Anita & The Yanks, The Fooks, Trooper Thorn, The Fenians, Brick Top Blaggers, Hoist The Colors and Sligo Rags will perform!

The Tilted Kilt
6575 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA, 90803

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pipes & Drums to Perform at Gang Task Force Conference

GARDEN GROVE CA 92840... TUE 11/15/11 @ 8 a.m.
California Gang Task Force Conference
Crowne Plaza Resort
12021 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, 92840

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


NCLEES Conference London 2012 Update: 98 out of 100 rooms now reserved in the host hotel. We have requested to increase our allocation but are nearing the ceiling of available rooms. If you are intending on traveling you are strongly advised to confirm your reservation as soon as possible and in the event you no longer require your room please release it back into the block.

Bookings can only be made by visiting our website via:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friends of Ireland Monthly Gathering

LOS ALAMITOS CA: TUES 11/01/11 @ 09:30
RSVP Pete @ or (714) 200-7365
4470 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos CA 90720

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nominations for Police Emerald Society Director Closing Soon

Nominations for Police Emerald Society Director close on November 2nd, 2011.  Vacancies exist for all positions; President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Sgt @ Arms.

Send Nominations to with a copy to Scott Walton

NOVEMBER 9, 2011
at the
7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Emerald Society Member Cliff Armas Acknowledged in Onion Field Killer's Parole Denial

L.A. Police Protective League Blog acknowledges Emerald Society Member Cliff Armas's efforts towards Onion Field killer's parole denial!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Parole board rejects 'Onion Field' killer's compassionate release

Notre Dame / USC Game Party - Redondo Beach


Arrive early, PAID parking is VERY scarce

Redondo Beach Elks #1378
315 Esplanade, Redondo Beach CA. 90277!/LA_Emerald/statuses/126297496925380610

Emergency Special Meetings

There will be an emergency Special Meeting of the Emerald Society at our usual location, the LAPD Academy Lounge, 1840 N. Academy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90012, at 7 p.m. on OCTOBER 20 and again on NOVEMBER 9.

Director Scott Walton has agreed to accept your email proxy vote on issues if you are unable to attend.

Please send your willingness to serve on the board to President Steve Saletros with a copy to

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Local Emerald Societies

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Blog will be following the below listed Emerald Society organizations.

Inland Empire Emerald Society IEES

Sand Diego Law Enforcement Emerald Society SDLEES

San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society SDFFES

San Francisco Bay Area Emerald Society SFBALEES

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Scottish Seaside Games



Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums play both days & Emerald Society member Gil Sawyer ties the knot, invites you to the ceremony & reception!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Powell Up For "Compassionate Release"

This was sent in by Cliff Armas.  The AP story below, is also available in Thursday morning's LAPPL News Watch.

Gregory Powell, who kidnapped, shot, and executed Officer Ian Campbell in a deserted Onion Field south of Bakersfield is up for consideration of a sentence reduction or modification. Powell was convicted of Ian's murder and originally given the death sentence. The death penalty was overturned by the California Supreme Court and Powell has been in prison since Ian's murder in 1963.

Powell has terminal cancer and is currently incarnated at the Prison Hospital in Vacaville since January, 2011. Prison doctors say Powell has only six months to live. Because of this, Powell is entitled for a sentence reduction or modification on a "compassionate release." The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th in Sacramento. Due to the nature of this particular hearing the Parole Board does not make the decision if Powell should be released. The Board makes a recommendation if the sentence should be reduced, modified, or if he should remain in prison. The recommendation is then forwarded to the Superior Court that originally tried Powell. The presiding judge in that Superior Court then makes the final decision.

Statements or letters can be sent to the Parole Board expressing why Powell should not be released. The email address to send in statements from the public or any other law enforcement personnel is:    The emails that are sent to this email address will be routed to the Bureau of Parole Hearings for review.

'Onion Field' killer may get early release

Associated Press - The California parole board is considering a compassionate release request for the convicted killer of a police officer in the case chronicled in the book and movie "The Onion Field." State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Wednesday the board will consider the case of Gregory Powell at its Oct. 18 meeting. Under state law, inmates are eligible for compassionate release if they have six months or less to live. The board will make a recommendation to a judge, who will make the final ruling.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

NLEOM Washington D.C.: 17th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March 2011

On May 14, 2011 in Washington D.C., the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums participated in the 17th Annual NCLEES Pipe Band March & Memorial.

LAPES Pipers Mike Apodaca, Brian Hyland, Cliff Armas, Pipe Major Scott Walton, and Cindy Apodaca, plus Drummers Thom MacNamara, Charlie Ezelle participated!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums to Lead Procession

On Saturday, September 3rd at 3 P.M. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will lead the Cathedral Grand Marian Procession from historic Olvera Street to and into the Cathedral. (535 N. Main St. to 555 W. Temple St.)

This is a religious and civic event celebrating both the City of Angels' birthday on September 4, 1781 and Our Lady's Feast Day.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS perform at National Police Night Out

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS perform at National Police Night Out Tue Aug 2, 7:30pm – 9pm. The event is hosted by the Placentia Police Department and will be held at the Placentia Town Center on the corner of Kramer and Yorba Linda Blvd. Placentia, CA. 92870.

SWAT and K-9 demonstrations are also scheduled.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Friends of Ireland Monthly Gathering

Friends of Ireland monthly gathering will be on Tuesday, August 2nd, 9:30 am, at the Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Reservations: Pete Walsh (714) 200-7365 or

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Los Feliz: Pipes & Drums' Phil Bowater's 74th

Please join us in celebrating Pipes & Drums Band Member Phil Bowater in celebrating his 74th Birthday at the Tam O'Shanter on Friday Aug 26 6:30pm – 9pm at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, L.A., CA 90039.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS will perform!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will perform at the 40th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Golf Tournament

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will perform at the 40th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday July 16th 10am – 2pm at the Trump National Golf Club, One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Friday, June 24, 2011

VISTA CALIF Highland Games

VISTA CALIF Highland Games SAT 6/25 & SUN 6/26

1200 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS will perform and compete in the Grade 5 band competition.

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Irish Fair

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pipes & Drums to play at Retirement Celebration

Pipes and Drums will play at the Retirement Celebration for Seal Beach Chief of Police Jeff Kirkpatrick

Thursday, June 16, 5:30 PM
Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach, 90740

POC: Pamela Morris SBPD 562-799-4100 x1123

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pipes & Drums to perform at L.A. Police Federal Credit Union

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th VAN NUYS CA @ 10:45 a.m
The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will perform at L.A. Police Federal Credit Union during their 75th Year Anniversary Celebration

16150 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, 91410

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NCLEES Ratifies LAPES Pipes & Drums

WASHINGTON, D.C. / May 14, 2011

National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies ratifies L.A. Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Membership.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pipes & Drums to Perform at Legends in Long Beach

Fund Raiser in Support of the LBFD & Brain Cancer Research

Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will perform at Legends Restaurant in Long Beach, CA, Thursday, April 28th at 5 p.m. (5236 2nd Street Long Beach, CA 90803)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Candlelight Roll Call of Heroes

On Sunday, May 1st, between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will perform during the candlelight memorial ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers at 10th Street & Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

San Diego Tartan Days

SAN DIEGO 4/2 & 4/3
BALBOA PARK International Cottages

On Saturday, April 2 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, featuring the House of Scotland Pipe Band and Ceilidh Band; demonstrations by the 42nd Black Watch Highland Society; dance by the San Diego School of Highland Dancing; music by Brian Caldwell of Highland Way, and The Westlin Weavers, and much more to be announced!

The Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center will help visitors find their own tartans, and traditional Scottish food and wares will be available for sale.

The regular Sunday open house will be held at the House of Scotland, International Cottages, Balboa Park on Sunday, April 3 from noon-4:00 PM, and Tartan Day will be commemorated with music and light fare (donations are accepted).

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Inland Empire Emerald Society's St. Patrick's Dinner Party

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Officer Tina Frances Kerbrat Memorial

A memorial ceremony for Officer Tina Kerbrat will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 11, 2011, at North Hollywood Police Station, 11640 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band will perform at the ceremony.