Months after being appointed the first female Chief of Police in Dallas, Renee Hall implemented a complete departmental reorganization.
Shifting responsibilities and adding what she says is a more flexible structure, Chief Hall says her plans put service first and the will improve the quality of police response to citizens.
“This change will help leadership in the management of citizen calls, and it will focus resources where crimes are being committed,” Chief Hall said. “We want to improve efficiency and provide high quality service to every Dallas citizen.”
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Before her appointment, a host of community and governmental issues plagued the city of Dallas, the City Manager, T.C. Broadnax, appointed Chief Hall in July.
“The new structure will deploy and maximize resources to make our city safer and more responsive to the needs of the community. I appreciate Chief Hall’s thoughtful and thorough process to move the department forward,” said Broadnax.
The following major changes were made by Chief Hall:
- Reduced the number of assistant and deputy chief positions
- Established higher expectations and responsibilities for majors, lieutenants and sergeants
- Aligned patrols into four major divisions
- Assigned each of the four geographic areas to deputy chiefs with two majors (one for day and the other for night)
Chief Hall was recruited from Detroit where she served as a deputy chief with the Detroit Police Department for two decades, leading the city to a 40-year-low in homicides and double-digit violent crime reduction for three years.
City officials hope that Chief Hall’s plan is effective and efficient.