Dr. Renée Mitchell on evidence-based policing in practice

What makes a police practice evidence-based?


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We hear the term “evidence-based policing” tossed around a lot these days. Exactly what does it mean? Does it mean that the results of a program are deemed the decider in whether or not it is replicated and funded? Do we then package it up and institutionalize those evidence-based practices at law enforcement agencies across the country?

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley asks Dr. Renée J. Mitchell to discuss evidence-based policing in practice. Dr. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years, is a senior police researcher with RTI International, and is the co-founder and executive committee member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. She has taught and lectured internationally on evidence-based policing. Her research areas include policing, evidence-based crime prevention, evaluation research and methods, place-based criminology, 911 calls for service and implicit bias training. 

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About Renée J. Mitchell, J.D., Ph.D.

Renée J. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years and is currently a senior police researcher with RTI International. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, an M.B.A., a J.D., and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow where she completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. View her TEDx talks, “Research not protests” and “Policing in America needs to change: Trust me, I’m a cop,” where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She is a co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. Her research areas include policing, evidence-based crime prevention, evaluation research and methods, place-based criminology, police/citizen communication and implicit bias training. She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. She has edited books with Dr. Laura Huey, "Evidence-Based Policing: An introduction" and "Implementing Evidence-Based Research: A How-to Guide for Police Organizations."

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