Hometown: West Roxbury, MA
Years on Force: 2
Legacy: Father is head of drug unit; cousin is in gang unit
A few years ago, Eric Merner thought he'd decided against the life he'd been surrounded by for as long as he could remember. The son of a cop, Eric had tried careers in insurance and finance, but then, after riding along one night with his cousin, an officer in the gang unit, the switch finally turned on. Now, after graduating the academy, Eric is a rookie on patrol, getting a crash course on what it really means to be a policeman in Boston. His father Bob is the head of the department's drug unit, but Eric – like his cousin – wants to someday move to fighting violence on the gang unit.