Eugene Paoline

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Police culture
  • Police socialization
  • Police use of force
  • Police education

Key Findings

  • Education level and field experience are related to different policing outcomes. MORE
  • Officers that have some college-level education were less likely to use verbal force when compared to their less educated peers. MORE
  • Almost 10% of the total incidents involving CEDs resulted in officer injuries. MORE
  • Considering only the incidents involving CEDs when physical resistance is involved, the percentage of officer injuries increases to 11.6%. MORE
  • There is diversity in police officer’s attitudes on cultural dimensions that does not align with the monolithic model. MORE
  • The monolithic model was not able to predict some of the police officer’s attitudes. MORE


Eugene Paoline, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida, is an expert in police culture, police socialization, police use of force, and police education.

Paoline currently serves as Chair for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator on two multi-method, multi-site, National Institute of Justice grants that have examined police use of force and early intervention (EI) systems. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and Race & Justice: An International Journal as well as a reviewer for over 30 academic journals. He is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. He previously served as the Chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing.

He has published more than 50 articles in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Police Quarterly.

Paoline received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York and his M.S. and B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University.