Over the weekend, September 16, 2017, Chief Renee Hall was a guest panelist on a forum moderated by Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. The event was called Blue on the Block which was held at the Potters House Church on Kiest Boulevard. Blue on the Block is a community-based forum which brought together three of the Dallas area top law enforcement officials as well as notable Dallas stakeholders, all on a stage together to discuss law enforcement and community relations. The panel consisted of Chief Hall, Bishop T.D. Jakes (pastor of the Potters House Church), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and defense attorney Toby Shook.
The panelist discussed various topics including community relations, fairness in the legal system, drug use in the city, and police accountability. One highlight of the event came during the discussion of community relations. Chief Hall talked about bringing the community to the table by creating advisory boards to advise on any necessary adjustments protocol to ensure we are going in the right direction as a whole. Chief Hall backed that up by stating, “Talk is cheap until you put some work behind it.” The audience applauded.
The panelist all agreed on continuing their efforts to ensure relationship building and a safer Dallas. At the events conclusion, one thing was certain, both the panelists and the community appeared ready to work in partnership to make Dallas a better place to live, work and visit.