On May 02, 2018 the Dallas Police Department hosted a ceremonial swearing in for the 29th Chief of Police U. Reneé Hall. This swearing in ceremony was a bit different than most, making department history by swearing in the first female police chief in the department’s 136-year history. Chief Hall was surrounded by her closest friends, family, city officials, former Detroit police colleagues and sorority sisters. Everyone cheered her on and prayed for blessings upon her and the police department as she embarks on her journey as the Chief of Police. Chief Hall paid tribute and honored Officer Rogelio Santander #10934 by having his academy classmates on stage with her and then presented them with his badge.
Chief Hall addressed the members of the department and said, “Thank you for your resilience. You have been remarkable through much transition and much tragedy. You continue to serve this community with such professionalism and excellence through times of uncertainty. I am honored to be a part of this team.”
During her speech, Chief Hall also spoke about the direction of the department. She said, “Although I have only served for 8 months, I am confident we are continuing to move in a positive direction. We have increased accountability throughout the entire department. We have grown even more responsive to the concerns and the needs of our community.” During her tenure, the department has experienced a decrease in violent crime and decreases in response times. Hall wants the Dallas Police Department to be the model for 21st century policing by putting service first.
After thanking the community for their unwavering support, Chief Hall said, “I stand here with you today with the purpose of upholding the legacy of my father, our Dallas fallen officer, and to give the message to the Santander family and all of you that there is triumph after tragedy.”