At a Press Conference in Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Renee Hall, gave a farewell to Detroit and spoke on her plans to lead the Dallas Police Department. She will be the first woman to ever lead the Dallas Police Department. Chief Hall was chosen among 8 candidates including officers from Seattle and Los Angeles.
Hall, a Detroit native, said “It is an honor to be selected. I am ready to take the next step in my career.” She said, “I grew up in this organization. I’ve been here 19 years. The men and women of the Detroit Police Dept. are my family. It is through them that I’ve garnered the experience that makes me qualified to be Dallas’ Police Chief.”
Chief Hall earned an undergraduate from Grambling St. University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Giving credit to her mother for being her ‘rock’, she suggests Law Enforcement is a great opportunity for any woman who chooses the path. “Follow your dreams and you could be the next Police Chief in your city. Women add that special something to law enforcement that truly calms the savage beast. If you love serving the community then this is the job for you.”
The new Dallas Chief is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a prestigious sorority among other greek organizations known as the ‘Divine Nine’. She has received much support from the sorority and it’s members all over the country.
Community engagement seems to be one of her top priorities. “The men and women of Dallas are my priority now. They have my unwavering support. I will work beside them insuring that they have what they need. Their safety is paramount. We will work together to build a strong community partnership.”
She continued by promising a sense of respect. “Every resident in the city of Dallas will feel the love and respect. They will know that community engagement is paramount and crime reduction is coming. We are going to be a great place to live, work, and play.”
Most elected officials don’t publicly speak about Religion or their personal Faith. Hall didn’t mind acknowledging her Spiritual influence. “God makes all things possible. I wouldn’t be here without my Faith. God has prepared me for such a time as this. I wouldn’t push religion on anyone but that is what guides me.”
When it comes to crime reduction, she is confident Dallas will improve. “There is no silver bullet answer to crime but we commit to what works. We have to find out what works.”
Grambling President Rick Gallot commented about the new Chief. “We are elated that one of our own has been selected to lead one of the nation’s largest city’s Police Department. With the appointment, Hall takes on an awesome responsibility. We know she received a strong educational foundation as a Criminal Justice Major at Grambling State and she has had a stellar career. We expect nothing but great results. She’s a great example for our Criminal Justice students and all of our students.”
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