2017 Dallas Police Officer of the Year Award Presented by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall

U. Renee´ Hall

Dallas Chief of Police

Chief U. Renee´ Hall is the 29th Chief of Police for the city of Dallas, Texas. She is the first woman to ever hold this positionChief Hall is an accomplished and highly dedicated law enforcement executive with more than 18 years of experience, including 12 years in management and executive positions.

Her career began in the city of Detroit, with a community of 700,000 people and approximately 3,100 employees. She commanded the largest Bureau in the organization, with more than two-thirds of the total employees and a budget of $137 million dollars. Under her direction of enforcement, the department experienced a 40-year low in homicides and double-digit reductions in overall violent crime. Additionally, she served on the executive team that facilitated the successful completion of the Detroit Police Department’s Consent Judgment involving Use of Force and Conditions of Confinement.​

Chief Hall created community policing and mentor programs in the city of Detroit that developed and fostered partnerships between officers, community members and businesses alike. The Department of Justice nominated these programs for Community and Justice Awards.

Chief Hall’s educational accomplishments include a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and two master of science Degrees: one in Security Administration and the other in Intelligence Analysis, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Major Cities Chief’s Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI IV), and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

She was recently appointed Special Assistant to the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). In March 2015, she was honored as one of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence. Chief Hall has also been honored and profiled as a “Woman of the Decade” by Native Detroiter Magazine.


Faith Johnson
Dallas County District Attorney

Education: Johnson graduated from Price High School in Atlanta in 1968. She earned a psychology degree from Georgia State University in 1972, followed by a graduate degree in community counseling. She earned her law degree from Houston’s Texas Southern University in 1980.

Professional: Johnson was a Dallas County prosecutor from 1982 to 1989. She was the county’s first black female chief felony prosecutor and helped start the child abuse unit. She was appointed to preside over the 363rd District Court, a felony court in Dallas County, where she served for 17 years. She serves on the Department of Public Safety Commission and previously sat on the county’s juvenile board.

Personal: She is the youngest of 13 kids. She is also a secretary and board member of The Potter’s House church. Her parents were married until her mother’s death at 85 in 1989, two days after Johnson learned she had been appointed a state district judge. Her father died in 2007 at age 100. She lives in Cedar Hill.