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Philip Bolger

P. Colin Bolger
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Office Address: Old Main 373
Office Phone: (484) 646-4198
Email: bolger@kutztown.edu
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
M.A. Criminal Justice, Washington State University
B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology, University of Maryland
Joined Faculty: Fall 2015

Bio: Dr. Bolger maintains an active research agenda in the area of police officer behavior. 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.

Courses Taught

Introduction  to Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Justice Administration
Police Organization, Administration, and Management
Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Publications

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.

Professional affiliations
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
American Society of Criminology (ASC)
Ohio Crime Consortium