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DALLAS- If her father were alive today, he would undoubtedly be proud of the accomplishments of his daughter Ulysha Renee Hall.

The former Detroit Police Department Deputy Chief is the new Dallas Police Chief of Police and not only followed in her father’s footsteps, but also becomes the first African-American woman to hold that key department position

Department History

For more than 120 years ago, the Dallas Police Department has been in operation.

Hall takes over a department has 3,640 sworn officers and 556 civilians, who make up the department, take special pride in helping to make Dallas a safe place to live, work and visit.

As deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, Ulysha Renee Hall directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau for the last three years and has been a part of the department since 1999.

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

Dad’s Influence

For Hall, the career hallmark point is also somewhat of a tribute also to a father, who was a former Detroit Police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty.

Just six months after she was born, her father, Officer Ulysses Brown was murdered in August 1971. He was working in specialized unit at the time that was cracking down on prostitution.

Despite growing up without her father, her mother raised the family and instilled her own values in her children, stressing education and teaching them how to reach their goals.

Some 45 years later, Hall stands as a strong example of the power of goal setting and determination.

That propelled her towards a career in law enforcement and at the age of 29, she decided to become a police officer, entered training and started on a road that has led her to be the head of the second largest police department in Texas.

She has proven to be compassionate to her community and determined to present her example and ideas for making the city and officers safer


Hall has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and master’s degrees in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy. She graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed the Police Executive Leadership Institute.

Welcome and Praise

According to a release by Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, more than 55 community and business leaders participated in panel interviews of the top seven candidates and Broadnax said Hall was chosen based on her background and passion.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings welcomed Hall to Dallas with the following Twitter greeting. “Pleased to welcome our new @DallasPD Chief of Police U. Renee Hall. She will be the first female police chief in @CityOfDallas history. Honored to have you.”

Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown is also elated and also offered congratulations for being selected as the new chief.

Hall is expected to begin her duties  on Sept. 5.