DALLAS - After 33 years with Dallas PD, Chief David Brown announced his retirement Thursday.
Brown released a statement saying, in part, “Officers, your extraordinary service will forever be etched in my heart and will serve as a guidepost for me in the next phase of my life. You will always be in my prayers.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings shared his thoughts on Chief Brown's legacy
"I've enjoyed working with David, he has set a great example for police officers and for citizens in this city and I wish him the best," he said.
Even Ron Pinkston, President of the Dallas Police Association, who has had a strained relationship with Brown over the years, paid respects.
"We've had our differences, but we commend him for giving and sacrificing for 33 years as a Dallas police officer," Pinkston said. "I mean that is tremendous to give 33 years to any organization but to serve the citizens for 33 years is very commendable."
Brown's tenure as police chief is marked with a series of highs and lows.
Earlier this year police unions were calling for Brown's resignation amid reports of the homicide rate having drastically increased from the previous year. In response, Brown made unprecedented changes in the police force's scheduled shifts. Officers complained that the changes came without warning.
Brown fell back into good graces after the shootings in downtown Dallas this past July. The chief received national praise for his response in the aftermath of the ambush which included challenging the community into action stating, “Serve your communities, don`t be a part of the problem. We`re hiring.” The speech led to a 243 percent increase in applications.
The speech led to a 243 percent increase in applications.
Brown's stock rose even higher after a poetic speech given at the memorial for the fallen officers with President Barack Obama was in attendance.
Chief Brown plans to address the public about his decision in a press conference on September 8th.