Thomas Shea entered academia after retiring from the Long Branch, NJ Police Department in 2017 following twenty years of service. During his police career, he received numerous commendations, commanded four operational units, and served as an Assistant and Adjunct Professor for three separate universities. He is the author of numerous policing articles and his first book is scheduled for nationwide release in the Summer of 2020. He also serves as the Director of Security for the South-Orange-Maplewood School District and co-owns four expert consulting businesses. His current research interests include police-community relations, police ethics, police leadership, and K-12 school security. He received his B.S. from Rutgers University, his MPA from Seton Hall and his D.Sc. from New Jersey City University. Lastly, Dr. Shea is a United States Marine Corps veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
- D.Sc.-Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy (NJCU)
- M.P.A. Seton Hall University
- B.S. Administration of Justice-Rutgers University
Academic Distinctions and Scholarship:
- Shea, T. A. (2020). 115 proven ways to dramatically improve your agency, your officers, and your leadership. Flushing, NY: Looseleaf Law, Inc.
- Shea T. (2020). Investigations: Negligence. In: Shapiro L., Maras MH. (eds) Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_183-1
- Shea T. (2020). Personnel Security: Hiring. In: Shapiro L., Maras MH. (eds) Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_214-1
Public Scholarship and Popular Press Articles(selected):
- Shea, T.A. (2018). "Promotion and Politics." NJ Blue Now, 9(3), 24
- Shea, T.A. (2017). Pat King: EOW Nov. 20, 1997: Stand up guy. New Jersey Cops, 21(10), 85
- Shea, T.A. (2017). "Revisiting the authority of public safety directors in NJ." New Jersey Cops, 21(8), 68
- Shea, T.A. (2017). "Do you have integrity?" NJ Blue Now, 8(3), 12.
- Shea, T.A. (2017). "Differential treatment and its effects on morale." New Jersey Cops, 21(3), 65
- Shea, T.A. (2017). "Advice to police supervisors: Listen to your subordinates. You might just learn something." NJ Blue Now, 8(5), 52