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Tonatte Mitchell

Law Enforcement
2022 Honoree

Lieutenant Tonatte Mitchell, a native of Charleston and graduate of Burke High School, class of 1989, has served the Charleston Police Department for over 26 years. She is the third black woman to ever be promoted to Lieutenant at the agency and has built her professional legacy on making meaningful and positive impact on the community where she was raised. 

Lieutenant Mitchell’s current role is that of Community Outreach Commander; however, she has served within a gamut of positions during her tenure at the department including Patrol, Team Investigations, Vice, Professional Standards and Development, as well as, Recruitment and Retention. Lieutenant Mitchell is a senior leader on the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and an instructor of “Fair and Impartial Policing.”

Lieutenant Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice from Benedict College and a Master’s in Human Resource Development from Webster University. She is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a devoted member of Emanuel AME Church, West Ashley.


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