Ulysha Renee Hall, Detroit Deputy Police Chief and a 19-year-veteran of the force, will become the first female police chief ever in Dallas, Texas. The position has been vacant since last October when Chris David Brown retired.
“We are a family in blue,” Hall, child of a police family, told reporters during a news conference in Detroit. Ulysha was only 6 months old when her father, Officer Ulysses Brown, was shot and killed in the line of duty in August 1971.
“My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father,” Hall told WXYZ in a 2016 interview. “It has an impact.”
Hall was raised by her mother in a single parent home. The newly appointed Dallas police chief described her mother as “my rock, sword and shield.”
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax celebrated the significance of Hall’s appointment as the first female police chief in the city’s history. “Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Broadnax said in a statement announcing the appointment.
Hall plans on bringing a special woman’s touch to the Dallas Police Department.
“We kind of do it a little different, a little better,” said Hall. “We add that special something to law enforcement that truly, truly calms the savage beasts.”
Dallas has not reached unprecedented territory with women in the city’s law enforcement jobs. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is serving in her fourth term. Faith Johnson, who leads the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, called Hall’s appointment “exciting.”
“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,” said Johnson.
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