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Police Department

Meet the Department

Command Staff

Michael DelGreco 

Chief Michael DelGreco is a graduate of the Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute, a certified sexual assault investigator and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor. He is a graduate of the New Hampshire 25th Police Academy.

DelGreco is also serving in his 13th year as a sworn part-time officer with the Hampton Police Department in New Hampshire, where he works approximately 24 hours a week. He is required to qualify with his department-issued sidearm (Glock 22) twice a year and with the department-issued AR-15 cruiser rifle. The Hampton Police Department also has a voluntary night shoot, which DelGreco has completed.

DelGreco is licensed to carry firearms in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is Merrimack College Police Department’s armorer and firearms instructor.

Dennis Peterson
Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Dennis Peterson retired with 32 years of service from the Tewksbury Police Department in Massachusetts, where he served as chief of detectives, overseeing all criminal investigations from homicide to larceny.

Peterson was a member of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s regional tactical unit and special operations unit. He also worked with the Secret Service’s covert counterterrorism task force during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Peterson is a former member of the Tewksbury School Committee, has served as a basketball official through the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials since 1995 and is on the board of directors of the Tewksbury Boys Basketball League.

Peterson holds a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.

Thomas J. Murphy
Major, Administrative Services

Major Thomas Murphy oversees all department training, including Massachusetts State Police online training, and ensures that all officers fulfill and maintain their certification requirements with the Massachusetts State Police Certification Unit and their annual certifications in OC spray, baton and use of force, and first responder/AED. He also works closely with the accreditation manager.

Murphy is certified by the Massachusetts Training Council as a background investigator, and is responsible for the hiring of all dispatchers and officers.

Murphy served 32 years with the Lawrence Police Department, during which time he was the police arson investigator and auto theft and insurance fraud investigator. He attended the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland, for arson investigations, and is a graduate of the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Murphy was named Man of the Decade Award by the Eagle-Tribune in 1990, and Police Officer of the Year by the Lawrence Exchange Club in 2005.

He, a graduate of Western New England College, maintains his license to carry firearms in Massachusetts.

Jan Fuller
Lieutenant, Accreditation Manager

Lt. Jan Fuller is the department’s accreditation manager responsible for maintaining standards in compliance with those set by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

She has been in campus law enforcement since graduating in 1992 from the full-time Special State Police Officer Academy.

Fuller has a diploma in physical education from Dunfermline College of Physical Education in Edinburgh, Scotland, and taught high school for six years after graduating. She is currently pursuing a degree in communications from Merrimack.

Fuller is a certified sexual assault investigator and has previous experience as a detective, investigating sensitive crimes and arraigning cases in district court. She holds a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.


Dave Cook
On-Call Lieutenant

Lt. David J. Cook holds an associate degree in criminal justice from North Shore Community College, graduated from a Basic Intermittent Police Academy and has attended the Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute. He also is certified as a rape aggression defense instructor.

Cook also serves as a lieutenant, second in command, at the North Shore Community College Police Department. He holds a license to carry a firearm in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Tanya Merten
Sergeant, Day Shift

Sergeant Tanya Merten has been a sworn member of law enforcement since 1995. She began her career working for the Wilmington Police Department as an auxiliary Police Officer. She graduated from the Northeast Regional Police Institute in December 1995.

Merten began her career at Merrimack College Police in 2002 when she became on on-call officer, while maintaining her status with Wilmington police Department. In 2004, she became a permanent part-time officer until she was hired full-time in 2005. 

She holds a black belt in several martial arts and is also an Assistant Instructor.

Merten is certified by C.O.B.W.E.B. (Cops on Bikes with Education for Bicyclists) as a Bike Patrol Officer and is the department’s primary bike patrol officer. She is also one of the department’s R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructors and a Field Training Officer. 

Merten holds a License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts.

Sean Furlong
Sergeant, On-Call

Sergeant Sean Furlong was hired as an on-call Police Officer at Merrimack in October of 2002. In October of 2008, he was promoted to on-call Sergeant.

He is currently employed full-time with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Court as a Court Officer, currently assigned to the Salem District Court. Furlong is also a reserve officer with the Nahant Police Department.

Furlong completed the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council’s reserve police Academy in 1999 and, when hired at Merrimack, was sworn in as a Special State Police Officer. 

He has been working in the criminal justice field for almost 20 years with various positions within numerous law enforcement agencies, including Revere Police Department, The Essex County Sheriff’s Department, North Shore Community College Campus Police Department, The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Massachusetts State Police.

He holds a License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts.

Elaine M. Gill
Detective Lieutenant

Elaine M. Gill is  the Detective Lieutenant with the Merrimack College Police Department. She retired in 2009 as a Detective Lieutenant, Commander of the State Police Detective Unit in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. She retired with 27 years of service and qualified annually with her department issued firearm. She is an adjunct professor at Northern Essex Community College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. She attained her Masters in Criminal Justice from Western New England College and her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.  She lectures around the Commonwealth in Sexual Assault Investigations, Child Abuse Investigations, Victim Dynamics, Crime Scene Investigation, Interview and Interrogations, Search Warrant and Legal Issues for the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement. She also lectures new recruits at both the Massachusetts State Police Academy and for the Massachusetts Police Training Committee. She maintains her License to Carry Firearms in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Sarah Vincent-Furlong
Patrol, Night Shift

Officer Sarah Vincent-Furlong is currently a Full-Time sworn officer with the Merrimack College Police Department. She began her law enforcement career while still attending college in 2000, when she became employed at the Lawrence Police Department as an on-call matron.

In 2001, she performed her Criminal Justice internship at the Haverhill Police Department. In early 2002, she was hired by Merrimack College as an On-Call Campus Police Officer. While working On Call at Merrimack, she attended the Massachusetts Basic Reserve and Intermittent Academy in Reading during the fall of 2002 and was sworn in as a Special State Police Officer in 2003. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed as a Full-Time Officer.

In 2007, Vincent-Furlong was appointed as a Reserve Police Officer for the Nahant Police Department.  

Vincent-Furlong holds a License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts.

Officer Brian Santarlasci 
Patrol, Cover Shift

Officer Brian Santarlasci is a full-time Police Officer with the Merrimack College Police Department. Santarlasci currently works the Cover Shift 6:00 pm - 2:30 am. He started as an on-call Officer in 2009 working Friday and Saturday 10:00 pm - 4:00 am shifts during the Academic year.

Santarlasci graduated from the Boylston Regional Police Academy December 19, 2009. Upon graduation, he became a Certified Massachusetts Police Officer. Santarlasci has an A.S.
degree in Criminal Justice from Middlesex Community College, graduating in May of 1993.

Sean Peterson
On-Call Officer

Officer Sean Peterson currently serves Merrimack College as the midnight shift supervisor. He commenced his law enforcement career in 2006 as a Reserve Correctional Officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and subsequently joined Merrimack College Police Services as a Full Time Dispatcher in February of 2007.

Peterson transitioned his role from Dispatcher to Patrol Officer and later to the position of Sergeant in 2007. He received his basic police officer training at the Reading Intermittent Police Academy. Furthermore, Sergeant Peterson is a certified Field Training Officer and has received Supervisor training at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. He holds a License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts.

Peterson comes from a law enforcement family as his father served as a police officer in Lawrence and Andover, MA for 25 years. He currently holds a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He returned to study as a Graduate student and graduated with Honors on May 18, 2014. 

Campus Safety Officer

Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson is currently a Full- time Officer with the Merrimack College Department of Police Services. She began her career with Merrimack College in 1988 and graduated from the Special State Police Academy in 1990. In September of 2005 Kelly changed her status from Full-time Police Officer to Full- time Campus Safety Officer in charge of Traffic and Parking. Kelly is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to carry firearms.  


Elaine Jones, Supervisor Jay Lecesse




Do You Know?

All sworn officers of the Merrimack College Police Department:

  • Have completed active shooter training with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
  • Are required to maintain a Class A Large Capacity License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts, and to qualify with their duty firearm on the range to standards set by the Municipal Police Training Committee.
  • Are required to train in the use of oleoresin capsicum and baton; in CPR, first responder, AED; and in the department’s use of force and defense of human life policies.