by Jessica Lane
July 25, 2017
Ulysha Renee Hall, 46, will become the first female police chief in Dallas history this September. Hall, born and raised on the east side of Detroit, will relocate to Dallas, leaving her current position as Detroit Deputy Chief after 18 years of service. For Hall, commitment and service to her community runs in her blood.
— Mayor Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) July 19, 2017
Her father, Ulyssess Brown, spent time in the military and joined the Detroit police department in the ’60s. When she was only 6 months old, her dad was tragically killed in a robbery just a few hours off duty. His murder unsolved and his killer still walking free, this has always pushed Hall toward excellence in her police duties.
“I think it was probably some real lack of oversight, and then my dad ended up dead,” Renee Hall said. “That has actually pushed me to be a much better boss…I cannot lose people on my watch.”
Police departments across America struggle to deal with ongoing tensions between the Black and Blue communities. Dallas, specifically, is still rebounding after a sniper gunned down and killed five police officers. The gunman attempted to “kill as many white officers as he could” during a demonstration against the Philando Castile and Alton Sterling police shootings. We all know she’s prepared. This HBCU grad (Go Grambling State University!) is coming ready to bring change to the Dallas area.
Congratulations Chief Hall…we’re routing for your success and police reform! And yes, we can do both at the same time ✊🏿.
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