Sergeant Renée J. Mitchell (Ret.)


Renée J. Mitchell has served in the Sacramento Police Department for nineteen years and is currently a Police Sergeant. While other people golf, fish, or hunt, Renee goes to school. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento, a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

She was the 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow, where she attended the University of Cambridge Police Executive Program and completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. She is the President of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. You can find 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 is a National Policing Institute Fellow, a member of the George Mason Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.