Dallas Police Department

The deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department will be moving on and up to become the first black woman to become chief of police in the Dallas Police Department.

Ulysha Renee Hall will begin her new position Sept. 5, the Detroit News reports. Hall has served as a member of the Detroit Police Department since 1999, and as deputy chief, she directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau for the last three years.

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“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said in a written statement. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our offices and the entire Dallas community.”

The statement also detailed that more than 55 community and business leaders participated in panel interviews of the top seven candidates for the position. They chose Hall because of her background and passion.

“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a written statement. “These are qualities I believe are critical as we tackle crime to make our city safer while addressing organizational and policy within the department.”

Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson also released a statement to CBS DFW:

I want to welcome our new Chief of Police, Ulysha Renee Hall to Dallas. She has an impressive resume and it’s exciting that she will serve as the first female chief at the Dallas Police Department. 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. ...There is much work to be done building bridges between law enforcement and our communities, and I am looking forward to all of us working together to ensure success.

Read more at the Detroit News and CBS DFW.