Inspiring 16-Year-Old Lands Chief Of Police Job For A DayMay 04, 2020
- In honor of International Women's Day, we're highlighting stories of girls who dare to dream big. My next guest can certainly relate, she's a high school student who dreams of rising to the top of the ranks in law enforcement. Please welcome Jordan, 16, come on. (audience audience and applause) So how long? Since you're only 16, knowing this is amazing at that age, but how long have you known you wanted to work in law enforcement? - Well, basically all my life. When I was a kid, I loved to watch Scooby Doo and read all those crime novels and things like that. (audience applauding and laughing) - You have some fans. - It's really what sold me on the whole law enforcement thing.
Yes Yes. Let's admit you're a researcher, okay. So why do you think we need more women specifically in law enforcement? - Well, women just provide a different perspective really, and perspective is what you need to solve crimes more efficiently and especially accurately. And it's not just women, I think we need more law enforcement. I think we need more people of color with different beliefs in the face of disabilities. I think-- - Knowing this at that age is good. (audience applauding) - Diversity-- - Listen to the politicians. (audience laughing) - I think diversity is the most important thing for perspective in law enforcement. - Yes.
Yes. - Because we are a diverse culture and everyone needs to be represented, it's amazing that you know that at such a young age. So, Liv, what impresses you most about law enforcement? Because you've worked with them for the show. - I played a sheriff once in a movie that I'm remembering. And I did all the training in Austin. I have seen everything that is really scary and difficult. They set you up to go into a room and not know what's going to happen, do all the cadet training and stuff, it's amazing. - Oh, I like being so stressed that my armpits are sweating. (audience laughter) - The wives are - you know what, I'm on - the most important thing. - the right career path. - Learning to handcuff is very difficult and is very important. - Yes. - I saw someone being electrocuted.
They offered to shock each other because they have to know what it feels like-- - These are men. - There's no way two women were like, sure, just take me. (audience laughing) No, that's a man. They're like it's going to feel great. (audience laughter) So, Jordan, why are you so drawn to choosing this path? - Well, no one in my family is in law enforcement. So it's not like I'm following in anyone's footsteps. But when I was young, about five
years old, my mother passed away. So whenever I see on the news that someone has lost a loved one, whether it's a parent or a child, I feel like I can relate to that, I feel it. - She would be proud of you. - Yes, I'm sorry. - No, that's emotion, it's okay. - But uh yeah, I feel like I can relate to them.
And being in law enforcement I think really allows me to help others, you know, keep someone from losing someone. We relate. - Yes, or providing closure, solving the crime and giving them closure. - Yes. (Audience applause) And I can also imagine in those kinds of circumstances, if someone lost someone, you can look them right in the eye, especially with a small child and look, this happened to me and you're going to walk out. . on the other hand, because there is a big difference between someone who really is in someone's place and who has really been there.
People receive it a little better. So what an amazing testimony like you have with all this journey. So, Jordan, what are your goals for the next few
years? - Well, I hope to go to Sam Houston State University. - Yeah. - And have some law enforcement experience as a
policeofficer and a detective hopefully, hopefully and eventually I'd love to get into the FBI as a special agent. - Yes, goals. (audience applauding) I love it. All right, I have a surprise for Jordan. Since this is all my woman time, I want to pair her up with someone she can learn from.
So I have someone who is perfect. She's the
chieffor the city of Dallas, she leads a department of over 3,000 officers, she's also the first woman and the first African-American woman to lead the department and it's 140 years of Thomas history that I'm saying. Please welcome Chief Renee Hall, everyone. (audience cheering and clapping) (upbeat music) (audience cheering and clapping) - Ypu could join in, come here Chief Hall. - Absolutely. - Oh my gosh, I love a woman in a suit, it's so powerful. (Applause and cheers from the audience) It's so powerful. - She's so amazing, I'm impressed. - 16 years old. - Oh my God! "Yeah." She was somewhere chasing a guy or something. (audience laughter)-she definitely didn't have that kind of plan.
Chief Hall, you've had an impressive career, tell us a little about it. -Well, unlike Jordan, she didn't always want to be a cop. I thought she was going to be a lawyer. But I really know now that enforcing the law is a calling. And when I received the call of my life, I responded. I started in the city of Detroit. I was there for about 18 1/2 years, working my way up to assistant
chief, and then I was blessed and honored to run and be elected. Leading the city of Dallas and I'm very excited. - Dallas, Texas. (audience audience and applause) - It's nothing big. - Whatever. - It is only the ninth largest city in the country. - I thought, that's a crazy big city.
Texans are crazy. Good luck. (laughing) - I feel very honored to have heard you talk about women in law enforcement. And I think we bring a great balance to law enforcement that has to be tough at one point, but empowering. Because there are so many challenges to the profession itself and just bringing that balance really helps us. She's way ahead of where I was, so---I think she's ahead of everyone except the two at the end maybe, but yeah. (audience laughter) So, Chief Hall, what impresses you most about Jordan? -I mean the fact that she is so motivated and already knows what she wants, I can't wait to see what the Lord brings to her life. - With that fruition (audience applauding) that's like yes, yes.
Chief Hall, you have a surprise for her, right? - Yes, I have something for you. What I'm going to give you is a challenge coin. These are awarded to law enforcement officers and firefighters across the country and are symbolic of our agency and the challenges we face every day when we put our lives on the line, so this is for you. - Thank you very much. (audience applause) Can I hug you? (audience and audience applause) - Thank you, my God! (audience applauding) - I have a couple more things. - Oh, go ahead, I love this part. - So, what are you going to do next, if you want, I'll take you to Dallas, and you'll be chief of police for a day. (Applause and cheers from the audience) - No pressure, don't suck. (audience laughs) - You'll run the day-to-day operations, you'll know all the command staff, you'll know the ins and outs of surveillance, you'll see everything.
But you know, a loving profession where everyone works together to make Dallas the safest city in the country. And you will rule the city for a day. - Thank you very much. (audience applauding) - What do you think, Jordan? - I'm speechless, my God! - Are you a little scared inside? - Slightly, I'm even more - I can do this - than slightly - I can do this. (both laughing) - Kelly, I also want to make sure I keep my hands on you. As it enrolls in college and stays connected with you. So I'm here for whatever you need.
You are going to do amazing things and I will be here every step of the way. - Thanks, I need another hug. (audience from audience and applause) Thank you very much. - No problem. - That is the best. - Thank you very much. - Wow, you're amazing.
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