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David Ralli

A full-time police officer with the Woburn (MA) Police Department, David Lalli is also pursuing an advanced degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Merrimack College. David says it was the “logical option” for him thanks to Merrimack’s flexible class schedule. He also liked the fact that he could complete his master’s in one year.

“I decided to attend Merrimack College because of the location of the campus and option of online classes that allow me to manage my time between my full time job as a police officer and responsibilities as a student.”

“A degree from an esteemed college like Merrimack will make me a superior candidate for promotion and further my career in law enforcement.”

David has been a patrolman for five years after a promotion from reserve patrolman. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Justice from the University of New Hampshire. With his master’s degree, he hopes to obtain a future promotion at the Woburn Police Department to Sergeant.

In addition to the flexible course schedule, David was attracted to Merrimack’s MS in Criminology & Criminal Justice degree program because he was impressed with Tom Nolan, the associate professor and director of the Graduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Program, and his career and research. Nolan is a 27-year veteran and former lieutenant of the Boston Police Department, has written and published in scholarly publications, and is consulted regularly by local, national, and international media outlets for his expertise in policing and civil rights and civil liberties issues, police practices and procedures, the police subculture, and crime trends and criminal behavior. David cites Nolan’s involvement with the program as another reason he chose to attend Merrimack.

“The classes at Merrimack have been focused on current problems in law enforcement in the 21st century. The professors are not afraid to ask difficult questions on the current state of policing to generate meaningful discussion.”

Through David’s research and class studies thus far, he says he has a better understanding of the underlying issues in criminal justice as a police officer.

David began taking classes in fall 2016 and plans to graduate upon completion of his capstone in May 2017.


M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2017