Renee Hall 'Finishing Out What My Dad Started': Renee Hall On Becoming Dallas' Top Cop By Courtney Collins & Rick Holter • Jul 21, 2017 Facebook / Detroit Police Department Dallas made a landmark hire this week – Renee Hall will be the first woman to run the city’s police department. Now serving as deputy chief in Detroit, Hall is determined to make her mark in Dallas not just as a woman, but as a standout leader. Dallas Names Its First Female Chief Of Police: Renee Hall By Molly Evans & Courtney Collins • Jul 20, 2017 Detroit Police Department Renee Hall will be the first female chief of the Dallas Police Department. Hall is the permanent replacement for Chief David Brown. He retired in October after leading the department and the city through the aftermath of the July 7 ambush that left five officers dead.