Senior Police Researcher, RTI International
Renee J. Mitchell is an expert in policing research with a professional background in law enforcement. As a 22-year member of the Sacramento Police Department, she served in patrol, detectives, recruiting, schools, and the Regional Transit System. In 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright Police Research Fellow, studying juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. She is the co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and serves on its executive committee.
Dr. Mitchell joined RTI in 2020 and is involved in several of our key policing research projects, including the National Institute of Justice Mass Shooting Project, Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Victims of Residential Burglaries, Estimating Sex Trafficking in Sacramento County, and Calls for Service Data as Integrator for Crisis Response. She is skilled in designing field experiments, conducting randomized controlled trials, and designing interventions for police patrols and police training. She is also interested in research on women in policing.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the California State Bar, the American Society of Criminology, and the International Association of Crime Analysts. With Dr. Laura Huey, she edited the book “Evidence Based Policing: An introduction.” She is co-author of the forthcoming book “Implementing Evidence Based Research: A How to Guide for Police Organisations.”