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Chelmsford High School Alumni Association


Established 2009 

Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to a deserving CHS graduate who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree program pursuing a career in criminal justice.

In 1931 Ralph J. Hulslander, Sr. (1903-1967) joined the Chelmsford Police Force. In 1941 he was appointed Chief of Police, where he served 36 years until his death on March 24, 1967.

During his tenure, Ralph experienced many changes in the small town of Chelmsford. The walking patrolman, horseback, trolley cars and the motorbike were all modes of transportation Ralph utilized during his years on the force. In 1944, the department was placed under Civil Service. The department consisted of a chief, two patrolmen, and eight special police. In 1952, telecommunications began. Massachusetts was the first of the New England states to provide its law enforcement agencies with the most modern communications and information system in the continuing fight against crime in our Commonwealth.

Through Chief Hulslander\\\\\\\'s years in Chelmsford, he was known for his active participation with the youth of Chelmsford and the well being of the town. He was admired and highly regarded throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and within State Police circles. His untimely passing brought an end to a career in which he earned the respect of his fellow workers and the people of Chelmsford.

This scholarship is presented in honor of Chief Ralph J. Hulslander to a deserving graduate who is studying Criminal Justice.