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Black woman to head the Dallas Police Department

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Ulysha Renee Hall, the new chief of the Dallas Police Department

By Frederick H. Lowe

Ulysha Renee Hall, deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, has been named chief of the Dallas Police Department, making her the first woman and the third African American to hold the post.

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Hall’s selection after a process in which more than 55 community and business leaders participated in a panel of interviews with the top seven candidates.

“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Broadnax said. “These are qualities I believe are critical as we tackle crime to make our city safer while addressing organizational and policy issues within the department.”

Chief Hall said: “I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in history. 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.”

Hall succeeds David Brown, Sr., the second African American to head the department. Brown retired in October after 33 years on the job. Terrell Bolton was the first African American to lead the department. He was named chief in 2009.

T.C. Broadnax, Dallas City Manager, named Hall police chief. Broadnax was previously city manager in Tacoma, Wash.

Brown’s son, David Brown, Jr., who suffered from bipolar disorder, was shot and killed by police after he shot and killed two men.

During Brown’s tenure as police chief, Micah Xavier Johnson, veteran of the Afghanistan War who was angry about the shooting deaths of black men by police, on July 7, 2016, shot and killed five Dallas police officers before he was killed.

Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and master’s degrees in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy. She also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

As Deputy Chief in Detroit, Hall developed and implemented a comprehensive community policing and mentoring program. She also forged partnerships and established trust within minority communities while building strong relationships among officers of all ranks.

Under her leadership, Detroit reported a 40-year low in homicides and double-digit reductions in violent crime for three consecutive years.

Hall’s responsibilities included oversight of police services for six precincts and 720 sworn officers.

The Dallas PD employs 4,052 workers, including 3,511 sworn officers and 541 civilian employees.

Hall takes over September 5th.

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