The Dallas Police Department hired their first ever female Chief. Ulysha Renee Hall, former Deputy Chief of Detroit Police Department, will start her tenure as Chief of Police September 5th. Hall is the first woman to hold the position in the department’s 136-year history, her appointment means women of color now hold the top three law enforcement position in Dallas County. Hall will be joining Sheriff Lupe Valdez and District Attorney Faith Johnson.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said.
“I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community.”
Before her move to Dallas, Hall spent over two decades with Detroit Police Department, under Hall’s service as deputy chief, the city of Detroit experienced a 40 year low in homicides and a double digit decrease in violent crime for three years.
“My belief is Renee Hall will be a dynamic chief and do great things in this community, She’s going to have a great impact, not just on the police department, but the entire city.” said Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax on Wednesday.
City officials expressed that while in Detroit she “developed and implemented comprehensive community policing and mentor programs, forged partnerships and established trust within minority communities while also building strong relationships between officers of all ranks and community stakeholders.” During an interview with Scott Friedman she expressed she will be using the same types of programs in Dallas. She explained having officers more involved with the community is among her objectives, this includes community service projects, feeding the homeless and working with teens because “officers can’t police a community they don’t understand.”
Hall was one of two black women among the eight candidates for the job. She beat out five local finalists, four of those finalists were within the Dallas Police Department, including Dallas Assistant Chief of Police Gary Tittle; Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz; Dallas Deputy Chief Rick Watson and Grand Prairie Chief of Police Steve Dye.
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