Rylan Simpson Police Officer Perception Project (POPP)






Rylan Simpson

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

simpson@uci.edu
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Conference Presentations
1. + Simpson, Rylan. “Lock, load… and smile? Facial expressions and perceptions of the police”.
To be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2018.
2. Simpson, Rylan. “Policing the suburban city: Lights, sirens, and the challenges of
contemporary patrol work”. To be presented at the Western Society of Criminology, Long Beach, California, February 2018.
3. Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “At the intersection of typology and trajectory: Studying
change among police agencies in America”. To be presented at the Western Society of Criminology, Long Beach, California, February 2018.
4. Simpson, Rylan. “What can time tell us regarding perceptions of police? Incorporating latency
information into experimental evaluations of dichotomous outcomes”. To be presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2017.
5. + Simpson, Rylan, and Justin Biggs.* “High-visibility vests in public environments: A
randomized field trial of public-police engagement”. To be presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2017.
6. + Simpson, Rylan, and Xiao Li.† “Police spokespersons in America: A nationwide
examination”. To be presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2017.
7. + Hipp, John R., Charis E. Kubrin, Christopher J. Bates, Nicholas Branic, Christopher Contreras,
Benjamin J. Forthun, Young-an Kim, Michelle D. Mioduszewski, Rylan Simpson, and Seth A. Williams. “Studying the social ecology of crime in Southern California: An introduction to the ILSSC”. To be presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2017.
8. Simpson, Rylan “Under the microscope: Perceptions of police in a laboratory environment”.
European Society of Criminology, Cardiff, Wales, September 2017.
9. Simpson, Rylan. “Two versus four: Do fewer wheels result in more? Patrol strategies and
perceptions of the police”. Association for Criminal Justice Research, Sacramento, California, March 2017.
10. + Simpson, Rylan. “Perceiving police: Uniforms and attire influence social processes”. UCI
Social Ecology Poster Session, Irvine, California, March 2017.
11. Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “Cops in California: Identifying, describing and
interpreting patterns in department typologies”. Western Society of Criminology, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017.
12. + Simpson, Rylan. “Perceiving police: Uniforms and attire influence social processes”.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, January 2017.
13. Simpson, Rylan. “Do uniforms matter? Experimental evidence from the Police Officer
Perception Project (POPP)”. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2016.
14. + Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “Spatially diverse policing: An examination of police
typologies across space and time”. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2016.
15. + Simpson, Rylan. “The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): An experimental
evaluation of factors that impact perceptions of the police”. UCI Social Ecology Poster Session, Irvine, California, March 2016.
16. Simpson, Rylan, and John R. Hipp. “What came first: The police or the incident? An
examination of police response to calls for service and crime”. Western Society of Criminology, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 2016.
17. Simpson, Rylan, Jason Gravel, and Jennifer Wong. “Getting in people’s faces: On the
symbiotic relationship between the media and police gang units”. Western Society of Criminology, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 2016.
18. Simpson, Rylan. “The effect of patrol strategies on the public’s perceptions of the police”.
American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November 2015.
19. + Simpson, Rylan, Jason Gravel, and Jennifer Wong. “High-profile incidents, specialized
policing, and media reporting of gang-related homicides”. American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November 2015.
+ Denotes poster presentation // * Denotes practitioner // † Denotes undergraduate student


Invited Presentations
1. Simpson, Rylan. “Impression formation: Aesthetics, legitimacy and perceptions of police”.
To be presented during the "Graduate Student Tea Talks at the ARC" (featured event). November 2017.
2. Simpson, Rylan. “The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): Perceptions of police in a
laboratory environment”. Presented for:
• Police Now, United Kingdom (weekly meeting). September 2017.
• College of Policing, United Kingdom (hosted meeting). September 2017.
3. Simpson, Rylan. “Policing youth: Negotiating legitimacy amongst a teenage population”.
Presented at the California Youth Court Summit (annual meeting). June 2017.
Plenary title: "Talking it Through – A Conversation Between Youth and Police"
News coverage: What police at Youth Court Summit want the public to know
4. Simpson, Rylan. “Polishing the police: Uniforms and legitimacy”. Presented at the UCI Grad
Slam Finals (campuswide finals). April 2017.
5. Simpson, Rylan. “The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): An experimental evaluation of
factors that impact perceptions of the police”. Presented for/at:
• Newport Beach Police Department (command staff meeting). May 2017.
• Tri-County Workshop for Police Chiefs (regional meeting). March 2017.
• Irvine Police Department (command staff meeting). April 2016 and January 2017.
• UCI Police Department (block training). April 2016.
• UCI AGS' Research Symposium (graduate student society). April 2016.
6. Simpson, Rylan. “An introduction to the spatial analysis of police patrol strategies”. Presented
for the Los Angeles Police Department (student preparation program). May 2016.
7. Simpson, Rylan. “The role of telecommunications in policing”. Presented for the Criminal
Justice League (undergraduate club). May 2015.

Guest Lectures
1. Simpson, Rylan. “Police as gatekeepers? Source information, officer response, and the
implications of policing for criminal justice work”. C106: Crime and Public Policy (Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson). October 2017.
• 86 students
2. Simpson, Rylan. “Patrol strategy research: Foundational issues and contemporary findings”.
C139: Police and Change (Instructor: Dr. Daniel Yates). November 2016.
• 250 students
3. Simpson, Rylan. “'9-1-1, What’s your emergency?' The role of communications in policing”.
C175: Issues in Policing (Instructor: Dr. Richard McCleary). May 2016.
• 138 students
4. Simpson, Rylan. “Contact with the police: A review of theoretical and policy implications”.
C106: Crime and Public Policy (Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson). April 2016.
• 106 students
5. Simpson, Rylan. “Policing by policy: An inside look at contact with the police”. C106: Crime
and Public Policy (Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson). April 2015.
• 100 students
6. Simpson, Rylan. “Contact with the police: A look behind the blue line”. C139: Police and
Change (Instructor: Dr. Daniel Yates). February 2015.
• 168 students


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