Ashley Walsh, Background Investigator
A Passion for Justice
Ashley Walsh’s career goals changed after completing her Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice through the GRAD Advantage scholarship at Merrimack College.
Walsh ’16 had always aspired to be a police officer, but after several internships and discussions with Merrimack faculty, she decided she wanted to be a local law enforcement officer. She is currently working at Perspecta as a Background Investigator.
“Crime and justice have always been an interest and passion of mine,” she said. “I am taking the proper steps in order to reach my goals.”
Walsh completed her undergraduate degree at Merrimack, and knew she wanted to stay at the College for her master’s. This was an easy decision for her to make because of the vast amount of internship opportunities at Merrimack.
She completed two internships as a student at Merrimack. She first worked at the Salem Police Department, where she shadowed detectives, analyzed fingerprints, went on ride alongs, utilized the gun range, and assisted at crime scenes.
Walsh also worked with Lt. Paul Zipper and the MA State Police Department. She worked side by side with Lt. Zipper to create a database for ex-arsonists. This database was used by local and state law enforcement when an arson case was presented.
“Merrimack has enabled me to do so many things that I honestly do not think I could have done if I went to any other school,” she said. “My well rounded education at Merrimack College has enabled me to obtain almost any job I desire in my field.”
Strong Faculty Relationships
In addition to participating in multiple internships while at Merrimack, Walsh also developed very close relationships with her professors.
“The Criminology department has outstanding professors that will stop at nothing to help current and prior students succeed with their careers,” she said. “Dr. Alicia Malone is a power professor and role model to all women in the criminal justice field. At a very young age she has accomplished so much and has done so with great integrity and pride.”
Walsh still maintains these close relationships with Merrimack faculty today.
“I have my master’s degree and I am still in touch with almost all of my professors,” she said. “At any point in time I can call them or email them for help and they do not hesitate to be there for their students.”
Walsh is grateful for both her undergraduate and graduate experiences at Merrimack.
“College was some of the best times in my life and I have made so many great friends and connections because of it,” she said. “ I truly believe that because of Merrimack and its community I will succeed in life and do great things.”