Detroit Police Department Deputy Chief Becomes the First Female Chief of Police in Dallas

Looks like the Dallas Police Department has a new chief in town – and she’s going to be making history! According to Detroit News, the city of Dallas named the current deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department its new chief of police of the Dallas Police Department – making her the first female Chief in the department’s history.

Ulysha Renee Hall is set to begin her position as the new Chief of Police September 5. Hall, who is the daughter of a fallen Detroit police officer, has served the community as a member of Detroit Police Departments as deputy chief and directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau for the last three years.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said in a written statement. “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.”

As Detroit News reports – the statement also stated that more than 55 community and business leaders participated in panel interviews of the top seven candidates and Dallas City Manager, T.C. Broadnax, said Hall was chosen not only for her background, but her passion for public service.

“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Broadnax said in the statement. “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.”

In light of the exciting news, Dallas’s first African American district attorney Faith Johnson shared a statement to CBS DFW, stating she’s proud of the Dallas Police Department’s new addition.

“I want to welcome our new Chief of Police, Ulysha Renee Hall to Dallas. She has an impressive resume and it’s exciting that she will serve as the first female chief at the Dallas Police Department. I am proud that she is joining me and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on the growing list of females in top law enforcement positions in Dallas County,” Johnson wrote in the statement. “There is much work to be done building bridges between law enforcement and our communities, and I am looking forward to all of us working together to ensure success.”

Hall, who has been a respected member of the Detroit Police Department since 1999, has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University, along with a masters in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy. If that wasn’t enough, Hall graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed the Police Executive Leadership Institute.

Be sure to check out news coverage on the historic moment below!

Photo Credit: The Detroit News/Dallas Police Department