Dr. Eric Dlugolenski is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University and a retired police sergeant.
Dr. Dlugolenski is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data Science (LEADS) scholar. As an academic LEADS scholar, he works with practitioners from around the country to advance police research and development. Dr. Dlugolenski is also an active National Policing Institute fellow and a member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. He is currently engaged in the ASEBP's Applied Criminology and Data Management Course (AC/DC) as a researcher.
He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in 2010 and his doctorate in criminal justice at the University of New Haven in 2021. He is a certified police instructor through the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) in Connecticut, and he has provided command-level training to large area municipalities
Dr. Dlugolenski is the current editor of the Police Forum (the official newsletter of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences). He has co-authored two policing books and co-published an article in a peer-reviewed journal. He has presented his work at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual conferences. He currently co-chairs the Police Research Advancement Section (PRAS), and he serves as a member of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for IACP.
Dr. Dlugolenski is the program coordinator for the College Police Academy externship program with the New Britain Police Department, an early academic career professional development and experiential opportunity for CCSU students.
His research interests include procedural justice, police operational strategies, critical decision-making, use of force, officer health and wellness, and police management.
Dr. Dlugolenski is committed to the advancement of democratic policing. He has co-developed a course on racism and bias in criminal justice settings and hopes to inspire a new generation of diverse and compassionate criminal justice professionals.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Kringen, J. A., Sedelmaier, C. M., & Dlugolenski, E. (2018). Foot Patrol: The Impact of Continuity, Outreach, and Traditional Policing Activities. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
Manuscripts in Progress
DeCarlo, J & Dlugolenski, E. “An Applied Study of Contagion Effects in Police Shootings: Seeking Signatures for Harm Reduction”
Johnson, J. & Dlugolenski, E. “Evaluation Study of the Connecticut Police Accountability Bill’s Prohibition of Motor Vehicle Consent Searches”
Meyer, K & Dlugolenski, E. Racism and Bias in Criminal Justice Settings: An Evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes
DeCarlo, J, Jenkins, M, & Dlugolenski, E. (2020). Introduction to Police Science. Kendall Hunt Publishing (Preliminary Edition)
Manuscripts in Preparation
DeCarlo, J, Jenkins, M, & Dlugolenski, E. Introduction to Police Science. (First Edition). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt
DeCarlo, J & Dlugolenski, E. (2023) Criminal Justice Management and Leadership: An Anthology, Cognella, Inc., San Diego, CA
Dlugolenski, E. (2023) The Science of Solvability: Evidence-Based Investigative Management. In C. Lieberman (Ed.). Criminal Investigation. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS
Spector, E. B. (2017). Beyond Black Lives Matter: Building Trust Through Knowledge and Understanding: Looseleaf Law Publications (conducted detailed background research for the primary author).
Dlugolenski, E, Schnobrich, D, Lee, B (2022) New Britain Police Department College Police Academy Session One. Executive Report: A technical report provided to the New Britain Police Department Chief’s Office
SCHOLARLY CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)
DeCarlo, J., Dlugolenski, E, & Myers, D (2023). A Randomized Controlled Trial Examining Police Officer Reflexive Shooting. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD
Meyer, K & Dlugolenski, E. (2023). Assessing Learning Outcomes from a Multidimensional Course on Racism and Bias in Criminal Justice Settings. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, NationalHarbor, MD
Dlugolenski, E & DeCarlo, J. (2022). The Proliferation of Inspectors General of Policing in State and Municipal Governments. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
Johnson, J & Dlugolenski, E. (2022). Punitive Sanction in the Absence of Consent? An Applied Policy Analysis of the Police Consent Search Ban in Connecticut. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
Dlugolenski, E & DeCarlo, J. (2021). Re-Policing—Can Formal Social Control, in an Environment of Procedural Justice, Increase Collective Efficacy in Fragile Neighborhoods? American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Dlugolenski, E. (2020). Police Officer Perceptions of Peer Support. International Association of Chiefs of Police (Online conference)
Dlugolenski, E & DeCarlo, J. (2016) A Study of How Police Can Increase Collective Efficacy. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Sedelmaier, C., Allen Kringen, J., & Dlugolenski, E. (2015). I’ll Be Your Officer Today. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Hedlund, J & Dlugolenski, E. (2023). Addressing the Police Hiring Crisis: Understanding Student Interest in and Perceptions of Law Enforcement. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
PANELS & ROUNDTABLES
Costello, A., Lieberman, C., Dlugolenski, E., Napolitano, N. (2023) Police Accountability in the 21st Century. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
Lieberman, C., Napolitano, Dlugolenski, E., N, Kopp, P. (2022). Civilian Oversight in the 21st Century. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Costello, A., Lieberman, C., Napolitano, N., DeCarlo, J., Barrett, J, Jenkins, M., Dlugolenski, E., Kopp, P., Costello, A., Del Pozo, B. (2021). Thinking About Police Reform. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Liberman, C., Del Pozo, B., Napolitano, N., Dlugolenski, E. (2022). Police Accountability in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Law Enforcement, External Oversight, and Academia. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Dlugolenski, E. (2022) Re-Policing—Can Formal Social Control in an Environment of Procedural Justice Increase Collective Efficacy in Fragile Neighborhoods, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Tamborra, Tracy, DeCarlo, J, Maxwell, D, & Dlugolenski, E. (2016) Police Officer Involved Shootings.University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Dlugolenski, E, Robbins, K, Koehnlein, J. (2022-present). Principal Investigator. Police Coercion, Procedural Justice, and Public Perception: A Systematic-Social Observation of Field Stop Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Footage in Philadelphia. Collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Civilian Police Oversight Commission of Philadelphia.
Simmons, R, Hedlund, J, Cox, S, Merenstein, B, & Dlugolenski, E. (2022-present). Planning Committee, Public Safety Survey Development for the New Britain, CT (2022). Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice (ISCJ), in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Social Research (CCESR)
DeCarlo, J., & Dlugolenski, E. (2015-2016). Co-Principal Investigator. Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, City of Norwalk, CT, in partnership with the University of New Haven.
- Constructed a community survey, attended community meetings to tailor the intervention, delivered training to officers, designed the intervention, and assisted the principal researcher in drafting the final report.
Schnobrich-Davis, J, Dlugolenski, E, & Lee, D (2022). Co-Principal Investigator. Next Generation of Student Success, Diversity, Innovation, and Community Engagement. Internal award from Office of the President, CCSU.
- Multicomponent collaboration with technical high schools and executive practitioners to develop a Public Safety Tract within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and create a “pipeline” to recruit new students.
- American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), 2019-present
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - Police Research Advancement Section (PRAS), 2019-present
- American Society of Criminology (ASC) – Police Section, 2013-present
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) - Police Section, 2013-present
- Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition (CONN-PAC), 2019-2020
Central Connecticut State University, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, New Britain, CT
Assistant Professor (2020-Present)
Undergraduate courses taught:
- CRM 110: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- CRM 230: Law Enforcement and Society
- CRM 305: Police Crisis Response and Officer Resiliency (Designed & Developed)
- CRM 378: ST: Race & Bias in CJ Settings (Co-Designed & Co-Developed)
- CRM 378: ST: Understanding Police Culture (Designed & Developed)
- CRM 435: Supervised Field Studies in CJ
- CRM 478: Police and Community Relations (Designed & Developed)
Graduate courses taught:
- CJ 534: Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
- CJ 573: Managing Criminal Justice Employees
- CJ 599: Thesis Supervisor (Primary Advisor and Secondary Reader)