The chief of the Dallas College Police Department was named Friday the new leader of the USC Department of Public Safety.

Lauretta Hill has spent the past six years as chief of the Dallas College Police Department, combining seven separate agencies into one department to provide public safety services to one of Texas’ largest community colleges, with nearly 75,000 undergraduate students, according to USC.

Hill previously served as deputy chief of the Miami Beach Police Department and assistant chief at the Arlington (Texas) Police Department.

“This is a department that is on the forefront of what universities can be when the collaborate with their community — internal and external,” Hill said in a statement about the USC agency.

In an email to the USC community, Erroll Southers, USC associate senior vice president of safety and risk assurance, wrote that Hill is “a team building and transformational leader.”

“She understands that our community members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and brings years of community policing experience to help us achieve our goal of having all students, faculty, staff and neighbors feel respected and safe,” Southers wrote.

Hill will take over the USC post on Jan. 23.

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