Women Shatter ‘Brass Ceiling’ To Seize 3 Top Law Enforcement Jobs In Dallas

By Naheed Rajwani and Tasha Tsiaperas
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) When Ulysha Renee Hall starts as Dallas’Police Chief in September, she will be the city’s first female top cop. She joins Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson as the three top law enforcement officials in the city.

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas will soon be one of the first major cities to have a trio of women leading its top law enforcement agencies.

But all three hope that someday their gender won’t be news.

“This job is about skill. It’s about the ability to lead,” said Ulysha Renee Hall, Dallas’ future police chief. “I bring that. I don’t think it matters what gender I am.”

When she starts in September, Hall will be Dallas’ first female top cop. She joins Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson.

The sheriff knows what it’s like to be first. She was the first openly gay Latina sheriff in Texas when she was elected in 2004.

“Any time there is a first or a different, all eyes are on them,” Valdez said, “so the normal little mistakes that would normally be unnoticed will probably be noticed.”

But, Valdez pointed out, women are increasingly joining law enforcement.

When she started 40 years ago, “it was rare to see a woman out on patrol. … Now it’s not that uncommon anymore.”
The most important part is Johnson said she’s excited that the top three law enforcement officials, including her, are well-qualified.

“When you look at us three women, you’re looking at the fact you have three qualified, capable people,” Johnson said. “That’s what’s exciting. Not so much that we’re women but that we are capable people.”

Though female leaders in law enforcement aren’t unheard of, it’s less common for minority women to end up as police chief. Hall and Johnson are both black.

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