Dr. Shea Cronin, Criminal Justice Expert Comments on Cop Profiling Report

Dr. Shea Cronin, Criminal Justice Expert Comments on Cop Profiling Report

The Master of Criminal Justice online program is designed for those who seek proficiency in quantitative and qualitative analysis of criminal justice practices and policies. This analysis leads to more transparency and accountability in the field. A recent case involving the Boston Police serves as a real-world example of the importance of careful data collection and analysis to provide an accurate picture of the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

The Boston police department released a report that claimed they are narrowing the gap between how often black residents are residents are subjected to stops, searches, and frisks compared with whites and other ethnic groups. The Associated Press investigated the raw data and released police data that suggests the department inflated the findings.

Dr. Cronin commented on the implications of the disparities.

“The percentages speak for themselves,” says Dr. Cronin. “It’s gone down a little and it seems to be moving in the right direction, but I wouldn’t describe that as a major change in the demographics.”

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