Lorenzo Boyd

Professor of Community Policing, University of New Haven

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban policing
  • Criminal justice systems
  • Race and crime

Key Findings

  • The more crime experienced in a community, the less likely police are to practice lenient policing. MORE
  • As crime in a community increases, police officers will encounter more work. MORE
  • The more Black residents there are in a community, the more likely police officers will focus on all types of crime. MORE
  • The hypothesis that race and geography impacted juvenile justice was only moderately supported. MORE
  • White youth and females were less likely to be pre-detained in urban counties. MORE
  • White youth with felonies were 10 times more likely to be pre-detained and non-white youth only eight times more likely. MORE


Lorenzo M. Boyd, Professor of Community Policing at the University of New Haven, is an expert in urban policing, criminal justice systems, and race and crime.

Boyd served as a Deputy Sheriff in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and currently serves as a police consultant. He spent eight years as the primary advisor and consultant for the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department. He also developed several 40-hour police training modules and promotional assessments for officers of ranks from patrol officer to Assistant Chief. He served as the President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) from 2016-2017.

He has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Race, and Justice and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Boyd received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University, M.S. in applied sociology and B.A. in sociology and political science from UMass Boston.