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Eric Dlugolenski

Eric Dlugolenski
Assistant Professor; 2019 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Central Connecticut State University

West Haven , CT

Eric Dlugolenski began his LEADS Scholarship as a practitioner — serving the West Haven Police Department, CT. During his LEADS tenure, he completed his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven, CT. In the fall of 2020, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. His role in the program has transitioned accordingly, and he is now a LEADS Academic.

Prior to joining academia, he served as a police sergeant. He spent nine years with the department and held numerous roles and responsibilities. His last assignment was Sergeant of the Professional Standards Division. As an administrator, he drafted and updated policies and procedures for the police department, oversaw internal affairs, maintained state accreditation/compliance standards, supervised crime analysts, served as the grant coordinator for the department, and engaged in research and development. Prior to leaving the West Haven Police Department, he engaged in the national conversation of policing in the 21st century as a National Police Foundation (NPF) Fellow.

His research interests include procedural justice, police operational strategies, officer health and wellness, police culture, and police management. His dissertation research looks at the joint effects of order-maintenance policing and procedural justice delivered via foot patrols. His outcomes of interest include perceived risk of victimization, police legitimacy, disorder, and collective efficacy.

Date Created: September 4, 2019