Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Old Main 370
Phone: (484) 646-4198
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
M.A. Criminal Justice, Washington State University
B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology, University of Maryland
Dr. Bolger maintains an active research agenda in the areas of police officer behavior and police effectiveness. In particular, his research focuses on identifying the key correlates of officer decisions to search and use force against citizens. He has also written on other policing topics, such as community policing and citizen satisfaction with policing services.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Policing
Investigation and Intelligence
Bolger, P. C. & Lytle, D. (Under Review). Police Satisfaction and Disorder: A Survey of a Semi-Rural Community. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.
Bolger, P. C. (Forthcoming). Just Following Orders: A Meta-analysis of the Correlates of American Police Officer Use of Force Decisions. American Journal of Criminal Justice.
Bolger, P. C. & Travis, L. (2013). Community Policing. Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America.
Bolger, P. C. (2011). Perspectives on Policing. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 34(1): 166-170.
Presentations at Professional Conferences:
Bolger, P. C. (2014). "A Meta-analysis of Police Officer Use of Force Decisions." Presentation at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, February, Philadelphia, PA.
Bolger, P. C. (2012). "A Reanalysis of Interaction Effects of Suspects' Characteristics and Demeanor on Police Behavior." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Chicago, IL.
Burke, J. M., Bolger, P. C., & Novak, K. (2012). "Evolving Eyewitness Identification Procedures." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, March, New York, NY.
Bolger, P. C. & Frank, J. (2010). "Community Policing Definitions: Do Academics Agree?" Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, San Francisco, CA.
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
American Society of Criminology (ASC)
Ohio Crime Consortium