Sgt. Renee Mitchell’s TED Talk

I don’t know if you know about TED talks but to me they are a great resource on a variety of human and humane topics. The format is for a person to lay out his or her idea(s) to a gathered audience within a 20 minute time period. There have been few police officers or police-related topics over the years.

The video above is the second TED talk by Renee Mitchell that I have seen, “Research, Not Protests.” In this presentation, she talks about evidence-based policing. Her first talk was about Sir Robert Peel’s legacy regarding community relations.

Sgt. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, and she was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Currently, she is a Jerry Lee Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and also a Police Fellow with Police Foundation. In between all that, she is a police sergeant for the city of Sacramento.

Mitchell is right on target again with this second talk. I wrote about her earlier talk HERE.

We need more thinking cops like Mitchell.

She Tweets at @policpracademic.





  1. Great presentation. In contrast, to become a barber in California you must complete a minimum of 3200 hours of training. To their credit the law makers of New York care no more about the quality of barbering than policing.


  2. Renee Mitchell is a phenomenal presenter with a visionary style of policing. It’s a disservice to many communities that she is not leading a major city as the chief or commissioner. Her policing philosophy is reasonable, compassionate, and effective, and fully supported by empirical data.


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