Black women are undefeated! When we set our minds to achieve something, we do it… and we make history while doing it!
Such is the case with Detroit Deputy Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, who has now been appointed by the Dallas Police Department as its new police chief! Not only is Hall the first black woman police chief in the city, she is the first female police chief period, per CBS News. Per the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), only 13 percent of all U.S. sworn law enforcement officers are women and the number of women in senior level positions is even lower. These low numbers truly showcase the impact Hall’s appointment has.
Hall, a 19-year-old Detroit police force veteran will be taking over the post from former Dallas police chief David Brown who retired this past October. She is leading the Dallas police force after a challenging bout of incidents such as the police ambush in July 2016.
“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” said Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax.
Her professional background is impressive, but there is also a personal aspect to her allegiance to the police force as well. Hall lost her father Officer Ulysses Brown when he was killed in the line of duty in 1971. She was just six-months-old. “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,” she said.
Via a strong mother, Hall grew up with a solid base of discipline and education. “That’s what I sit here today as deputy chief of the city of Detroit. My brother is a chief warrant officer of the Navy station in Florida. My sister is an educator for 25 years,” she added.