Category: Shea Cronin

Violent Crime Issue Here to Stay, Says MET Expert

July 13th, 2017 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Shea Cronin

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Even when overall crime rates lower, law enforcement faces an uphill battle in combating urban violence, and according to a Metropolitan College authority on the matter, police are unlikely to ever completely eradicate the issue. Dr. Shea Cronin, an assistant professor in Metropolitan College’s Master of Criminal Justice program, recently spoke with the Boston Globe about the challenges facing police.

“I think [police] can always continue to expand on the things that they’re doing to try to prevent crime, but a certain level of crime is a fact of life in most places,” he explained.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

Despite Boston Police’s Efforts, MET Expert Sees Little Change in Racial Disparity

May 8th, 2017 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Shea Cronin

Despite Boston Police’s Efforts, MET Expert Sees Little Change in Racial Disparity

Boston police say they have tried to address the practices that lead to racial minorities being stopped by law enforcement at an outsized rate, but observers have found the evidence lacking.

MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin was quoted in an AP News article, “APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap.” According to the story, a recent AP review of data on stops, searches, and frisks by police shows little progress in addressing racial disparities in street-level encounters. “My reading of the statistics is that there has not been much change in the racial composition,” Dr. Cronin is quoted as saying.

Read the full article.

What Constitutes “Reasonable Suspicion”?

October 31st, 2016 in Criminal Justice, MET News, Shea Cronin

What Constitutes “Reasonable Suspicion”?

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin was quoted in a recent Christian Science Monitor article entitled “‘Reasonable suspicion’ defined: Black men who run from police can’t be assumed guilty.” The article outlines a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that takes aim at racial profiling and states that black males “when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity.”

According to Dr. Cronin, “The courts seem to be consistently sending signals to law enforcement agencies that they have to pay closer attention to the meaning of reasonable suspicion in their interactions with the public.”

Read the full article here.

MET Criminal Justice Expert Cited in Cop Profiling Report

March 16th, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Shea Cronin

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Boston police may be making progress in resolving the racial disparities among those they stop and frisk, but according to a MET professor of Criminal Justice, the purported improvement in profiling practices is being overblown by the department.

Read the remarks by Assistant Professor Shea Cronin at ABC News.

MET Criminal Justice Expert Weighs in on Local Police Allegations

November 24th, 2015 in Criminal Justice, MET News, Shea Cronin

MET Criminal Justice Expert Weighs in on Local Police Allegations

Dracut police face scrutiny that they are enforcing an unconstitutional traffic policy, and a recent investigation into the allegations sought the expertise of MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin, who suggests that such unofficial policies may be common: “There’s often some form of de facto quota system in many police department agencies.”

Learn more at the Lowell Sun.

MET Criminal Justice Professor Provides Policing Insight for WGBH

November 23rd, 2015 in Criminal Justice, Featured News Post, MET News, Shea Cronin

MET Criminal Justice Professor Provides Policing Insight for WGBH

The dynamic between communities and those tasked with policing them has never been under greater scrutiny. In a recent examination of Cambridge police, and the way they have evolved their practices since a high-profile 2009 incident that resulted in the arrest of a highly-regarded Harvard professor, WGBH consulted Dr. Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College assistant professor of criminal justice, for his expertise on the dynamic between law enforcement and those they are sworn to serve and protect.

Read more about Cambridge’s community-minded policing, including
Dr. Cronin’s insights, at WGBH.

Body Cameras Just Part of a Solution, says MET’s Cronin

May 3rd, 2015 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Programs, Shea Cronin

Body Cameras Just Part of a Solution, says MET’s Cronin

Will body cameras curb the episodes of police violence so prevalent in the news today? Shea Cronin, assistant professor of criminal justice, offered his insights to WHDH.com. “The reason why body cameras have received such attention and why they seem like such an easy fix is because it’s a piece of technology,” Shea explains. “Everybody knows how to use it. It can be attached easily. But if it’s not going to be part of a wider accountability system it’s just simply not going to be effective enough.”

Read the story »

View BU’s Seminar on Policing the City

March 12th, 2015 in Criminal Justice, Discussions, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News, Programs, Shea Cronin

View BU’s Seminar on Policing the City

On February 23, BU’s Initiative on Cities hosted Policing the City, “a conversation on race, municipal leadership, and public safety,” as part of its monthly Urban Seminar Series. The panel discussion featured experts on law enforcement and community issues, including Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, also a MET lecturer in criminal justice; the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, pastor of Boston’s Union Baptist Church and former executive director of the Boston Tenpoint Coalition; and MET’s Shea Cronin, associate professor of criminal justice. Kenneth Elmore, the University’s dean of students, was moderator. Initiative on Cities was co-founded and initially directed by the late Thomas Menino, former mayor of Boston.

View a replay »

Cooking as Cultural Security: Change and Continuity in Indigenous Foodways

February 12th, 2015 in Academic Events, Gastronomy, MET News, Shea Cronin

Cooking as Cultural Security: Change and Continuity in Indigenous Foodways

With Dr. Ariela Zycherman

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1–2 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Introduced by Shea Cronin

Ariela Zycherman is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas Christian University, and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from the PhD program in Applied Anthropology at Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses broadly on cultural constructions related to food practices. More specifically she looks at the role food plays in the formulation of modernity, the production of livelihoods, environmental politics in the Amazon, and contemporary forms of identity in Latin America. She has conducted research in Bolivia, Argentina and Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, her paper “Shocdye as World: localizing modernity among the Tsimané of Lowand Bolivia” won the Alex McIntosh paper award presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Professor weighs in on public safety in Brockton mayoral race

September 18th, 2013 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Shea Cronin

Shea CroninThe Enterprise quoted Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin in an article exploring the importance of public safety as an issue in the Brockton mayoral race. Dr. Cronin’s previous research has included examinations of political explanations of neighborhood-level arrest rates.

It’s unavoidable in an election year that the violence would be politicized to some degree…

Full article: The Enterprise