Renée J. Mitchell, J.D., Ph.D.

Renée J. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for twenty-two years and was a Senior Research Scientist with RTI International. Currently, she is the co-founder and president of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP). She holds a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling Psychology, a MBA, a JD, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow. You can view her TEDx talks, “Research not Protests” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop,” where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She has taught and lectured internationally on evidence-based policing. This year she is conducting training for Barrie PD in Canada and for the Georgia Police Officer’s Association conference this September. She trained the executive staff at the Austin Police Department this past February and is providing a keynote on how to apply experimental criminology practices for Fundación Paz Ciudadana in Santiago, Chile. She designed and ran an Applied Criminology and Data management Course (AC/DC) for ASEBP. The course teaches police leaders and researchers how to conduct rigorous field research in their own agencies. For the last decade, she has worked closely with police leaders to help them use their data operationally and execute their own research projects with several presenting their work at the International Association of Police Chiefs conference. Some of the agencies she has worked with are the Portland Police Bureau, Grand Prairie Police Department, Burlington, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Austin Police Department. Her research areas included evidence-based crime prevention, place-based criminology, 911 calls for service, and counter-bias training. She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. Her books include Evidence-Based Policing: An Introduction, Implementing Evidence-Based Research: A How to Guide for Police Organizations, and Twenty-one Mental Models That Can Change Policing: A Framework for Using Data and Research for Overcoming Cognitive Bias. Her Implementing Evidence-Based Research book recently won the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, Outstanding Book Award for 2022.

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