Boston’s New Police Commissioner Should Implement Direct Community Oversight, Says Shea Cronin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin recently spoke with BU Today about Boston’s newly appointed police commissioner, Michael Cox, who arrives to the job with a mandate to reform the department he oversees. The chair of MET’s Department of Applied Social Sciences, Cronin offered suggestions on how Cox can help the Boston Police Department […]

Professor Shea Cronin Quoted in New Bedford Light Article on Police Data Mix-up

Dr. Shea Cronin, assistant professor of criminal justice and associate chair of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at BU’s Metropolitan College, was quoted in a March 9, 2022, article published by the New Bedford Light. The article, “New Bedford police submit inaccurate data to state agency reviewing officer misconduct,” delves into misleading data reported […]

Cronin: ‘Unquestionably’ Right Verdict Reached in Chauvin Case, But Urgency of Comprehensive Reform Remains

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in the second degree, among other charges, for the wrongful death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Video footage of the uniformed, on-duty Chauvin kneeling on the neck of handcuffed Floyd for over nine minutes, captured […]

First Episode of MET Makes Conversation Podcast Tackles ‘Meaningful Change’ in Police Reform

Boston University’s Metropolitan College has entered the world of podcasting. The new show, MET Makes Conversation, is a resource for listeners to hear valuable perspectives on matters of the day via substantive discussions by BU MET faculty and thought leaders. The Movement for Black Lives has in recent years brought greater public attention to calls […]

While Boston Police Reform Ideas a Strong Start, MET Experts Say Greater Efforts Would Bring Greater Returns

Writing in the “POV” section of BU Today, BU MET Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin and Rebecca Anne McKnight (MET’21), a graduate student in MET’s criminal justice program, offered their perspective on a new set of recommendations made by the Boston Police Reform Task Force. Appointed […]

More Segregation Leads to Greater Likelihood of Gun Death for Racial Minorities, MET Prof’s Study Finds

MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin has co-authored a study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association that finds a correlating link between racial segregation in housing and gun-violence homicide rates. The School of Public Health-led research—which controlled for such factors as economic standing, education, and employment status—used a metric that […]

Violent Crime Issue Here to Stay, Says MET Expert

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 […]