The Dallas Police Department has a new police chief. City Manager T.C. Broadnax has hired Detroit Deputy Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, who’ll be the first female to serve as police chief in Dallas.In her new leadership role with Dallas police, Hall said she hopes to continue her work building a bridge between the community and police.
“The most important thing that we need to know is that it takes the entire city to police any city,” she said Wednesday during a news conference out of Detroit. “Whether that is Detroit of Dallas, we need everybody, all hands on deck, everybody working together.”
During her time with the Detroit Police Department, Hall established and oversaw a neighborhood policing program that worked to create a relationship between minority communities and officers. According to a city of Dallas statement, Detroit saw a 40-year low in homicides and “double-digit reductions in violent crime for three consecutive years” at a time she served with the department.
Hall’s father, Officer Ulysses Brown, was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 20, 1971 in Detroit. She was just six months old at the time, according to Detroit’s ABC station, WXYZ.
Hall will start her role as Dallas police chief on September 5.