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Criminal Justice Department Welcomes New Chair

An internationally recognized expert on criminal justice has joined the SUNY Plattsburgh criminal justice faculty as its chair.

Dr. Tom Nolan, a consultant and former Boston Police Department lieutenant, will hold the title of associate professor.

Nolan earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Boston University. In 2004, he joined the faculty at BU as an associate professor, teaching forensic behavioral analysis; crime and punishment; and forensic criminal investigation. He has also taught at Tufts University in Boston and Springfield College campuses in New Hampshire and Vermont.

His consulting work includes a yearlong appointment in 2011 as a senior policy adviser to the Department of Homeland Security on civil rights and civil liberties issues.

Nolan spent 27 years with the Boston Police Department before retiring in 2005. His career in the BPD included 10 years of uniformed patrol and work in the Anti-Gang Violence Unit and the Anti-Corruption Division of the Bureau of Internal Investigations.

Nolan appears regularly in local, national and international media. He was contacted for commentary by media outlets around the world during the Boston Marathon bombings because of his expertise in homeland security issues and the Boston police.

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