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Around the Nation: Dallas Picks First Female Police Chief

Detroit Deputy Chief Ulysha Renee Hall will become Dallas’ chief of police on Sept. 5.

Hall will become the first female of color to hold the post and will replace Chief David Brown who retired in October after five officers were killed in an ambush in July 2016. A citywide search team comprised of more than 55 civic leaders chose Hall, the daughter of Detroit Police Officer Ulysses Brown who was killed in the line of duty in 1971.

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said of Hall’s appointment in a recent statement, “Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service. 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.”

Hall earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Grambling State University. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Detroit Mercy. She graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed the Police Executive Leadership Institute. At the age of 29, she began with the Detroit Police Department in 1999.

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

The Dallas News recently said of her appointment, “The incoming chief has a tough task ahead of her. She will step into a Police Department that has struggled in recent months to retain officers at a time when violent crimes and response times have increased.”

Hall said being a police officer is personal to her because when she was 6 months old, her father, also an officer was gunned down. The 1971 murder case remains unsolved.

“My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father. It has an impact,” Hall said in recent news reports.

“Closure is very important for myself and my family. We would like to know what happened. I believe I’m finishing what my dad started.”

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Hall was chosen from a pool of seven finalists, three of them internal candidates. She will make $225,000, which includes her base pay and other compensation.

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