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Detroit Police Department’s chief deputy will be transferring to Dallas Police Department to be their first female police chief in the city’s history.

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.

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Wednesday that Hall was chosen and is expected to begin her duties  on Sept. 5.

“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.”

According to the statement release, 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.

“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” 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 issues within the department.”

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.

srahal@detroitnews.com

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