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Institute of Criminology



Renée J. Mitchell is a Sergeant at the Sacramento Police Department where she has worked for the last 17 years. Her doctoral dissertation is based on a 15 minute high visibility intermittent random patrol hot spot policing program conducted in Sacramento, CA with the Sacramento Police Department. She designed, implemented and assisted in the analysis of a 90-day randomized control trial with the assistance of researchers from George Mason University. Sergeant Mitchell's hot spot study won the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Silver Award. Her research will delve further into the study by analyzing Automatic Vehicle Locate (AVL) dosage within the treatment and control hot spots against the officers' pro-activity to determine the effect on crime and calls for service. The tentative title of her dissertation is 'Causal mechanisms and measures in local deterrent effects of patrol: The Sacramento hot spots experiment and is supervised by Professor Lawrence Sherman.

Renée holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Master's of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. She was also awarded one of only two Fulbright Police Research Fellows for 2009/2010 where she worked with the London Metropolitan Police Service and studied evidence based policing under Professor Lawrence Sherman at the University of Cambridge. She is a Jerry Lee Scholar at the Institute of Criminology and a Police Foundation Fellow.

Ph.D Student
 Renée  Mitchell