DALLAS - Dallas' new police chief had her first day on the job Tuesday and said she was eager to get going.
Chief Renee Hall comes from Detroit where she was a popular deputy chief. She will be the first woman to lead the Dallas Police Department.
In a statement, she called Tuesday the "first day of a new chapter in the life of the Dallas Police Department."
"I stand eager and ready to roll up my sleeves as we continue our journey in making Dallas the safest community in the country," Hall wrote. "I truly appreciate the warm welcome and expressions of love received, and I am so proud to call Dallas my new home."
Hall takes over a department that is short on officers after many retirements and people leaving for higher pay or a more secure retirement. Response times to calls are up because of the short staffing.