Rylan Simpson Police Officer Perception Project (POPP)






Rylan Simpson

PhD Candidate
University of California, Irvine
2340 Social Ecology II
Irvine, California

simpson@uci.edu
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Police Officer Perception Project (POPP)

The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP) is a large-scale, experimental evaluation of factors that impact perceptions of the police. As part of the POPP, participants were presented with images of police officers in different aesthetic capacities and asked to rate them along several different dimensions (e.g., aggressiveness, approachability, friendliness, respectfulness, etc.). Please see the below video (co-produced with the Irvine Police Department) and the publications listed at the bottom of this page for more information.

Simpson, Rylan. (2017). The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): An experimental
evaluation of factors that impact perceptions of the police. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 13(3), 393-415.
Simpson, Rylan. (2018). Officer appearance and perceptions of police: Accoutrements
as signals of intent. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/police/pay015.
Simpson, Rylan. (forthcoming). “Police vehicles as symbols of legitimacy.” Journal of
Experimental Criminology
* Please also click here for recent press coverage of the POPP.

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