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Police Department Staff

  • Robert Smith

    Robert Smith
    Chief

    Smith joined Emerson College in July 2012. He was the director of campus police for Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges, where he lead a campus police division for all three campuses. Prior to that, he devoted 26 years to the Massachusetts State Police Department. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the 1,800 troopers assigned to the Department’s Division of Field Services.

    Smith has a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University, a master’s in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, and a master’s in public safety administration from Framingham State University. He has also attended a number of professional development courses at the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University, and Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

  • Eric Schiazza

    Eric Schiazza
    Deputy Chief

    Eric holds a Bachelor's degree from Salem State University and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Wester New England University.  He has served Emerson College proudly since 1989 as Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. Eric is the Clery Act Compliance officer at Emerson as well as a R.A.D. Self-Defense for Women's Instructor. Some of his specialized federal training include Homeland Security, responding to hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents on college/university campuses and managing critical incident for Higher Education institutions. His State level training includes FEMA: Introduction to Incident Command System and Incident Management System (NIMS) and Introduction to the Incident Command System for Law Enforcement.

  • Alma Pellecer

    Alma Pellecer
    Office Manager

    Alma received a MA in Public Relations and Management from Emerson in 1995. Her undergraduate major was in Commercial Sciences. She has worked for the College since 1990. Her former experience include Supervisor for the Sponsor Relations Department at Christian Children's Fund, an international organization that helps children and their families around the world.  In the Boston area Alma was a Board Member of the Women's Relief Society,  supervising and training women in leadership in fifteen different communities.  Alma enjoys meeting different cultures and has done extensive traveling around the world. She also has a passion for education and enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Robert Bousquet

    Robert Bousquet
    Day Shift Lieutenant

    Robert has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, a Bachelors Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from& Northeastern University, Boston, MA and graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree MA.

    Robert served 21 years with the Massachusetts State Police achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He was assigned at various locations over his career, and some of his duties included Supervisor/ Manager at the Commonwealth Fusion Center, Instructor at the State Police Academy, member of the Department’s Media Relations Team and patrol. He provided instruction, supervision and guidance to troopers and analysts in support of criminal investigations. While in the military he demonstrated leadership, achieving the rank of First Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve before retiring in 2008. Robert joined Emerson College in December 2013.

  • Eric Schiazza

    Steve Desy
    Evening Shift Lieutenant

    Steve graduated from the Burlington Police Academy and has a Master's Degree of Public Administration from Clark University in  Worcester, MA.  His experience includes 24 years of prior police experience. He started in the Oxford Police Department as a reserve intermittent patrolman. In 1992 he joined the Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a patrolman, and then was promoted to Sergeant.  Steve was a Lieutenant at Simmons College and most recently was the Director of Public Safety at Bay Path College before coming  to Emerson College in December, 2013. Steve has attended numerous specialized training courses including crime prevention, crime prevention through environmental design, criminal investigation, domestic violence investigation, and critical incident command to name a few. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also likes scuba diving and enjoys taking walks with his children.

  • Troy Chappelle

    Troy Chappelle
    Mid-Night Shift Lieutenant

    Troy has nine years of prior policing experience at Harbor Point Police, Bromley Heath Housing Police and Fisher College and has served on Emerson's campus since 2001. He holds his associate's degree in criminal justice.

  • Brian Walsh

    Brian Walsh
    Mid-Night Shift Sergeant

    Brian earned his associate's degree in criminal justice and spent 19 years on the police force before coming to Emerson, where he has served since 1997.