Round Rock names new police chief

Round Rock names new police chief

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Chief of Police, Allen Banks, will soon be Chief of Round Rock PD and he has a message for residents.

Banks said, "The community just needs to understand that the type of leadership I'm going to bring down there is that we're going to take care of each other down there."

The U.S. Justice Department of Civil Rights is investigating Albuquerque PD for three dozen officer-involved shootings since 2010, allegations of excessive force and excessive deadly force.

"I actually inherited that investigation," said Banks.

Banks was named interim chief at the Albuquerque Police Department last summer after the current chief retired.

Round Rock Police Department's current chief is retiring. City manager, Steve Norwood, says they've been searching since October for a replacement.

"We do criminal background check and we confirm their degrees. We do a financial background check. We do Google and internet to see what's gone on in their agency over the last two, five years," Norwood said.

Out of 135 applicants, city reps say Banks is the right choice.

Norwood said, "He didn't try to sweep it under the rug or minimize it and when I see that, that tells me that person very straightforward calm a very honest, not proud of it, but obviously, that's not his way of policing."

"That's something I didn't feel I needed to hide from and just wanted to explain to folks so that they were very comfortable with me coming in and not thinking that I was running from any type of issues in Albuquerque," said Banks.

Norwood added, "Last summer we had two officer involved shootings, back to back weeks, which is really rare for Round Rock, but both those officers were no-billed by the grand jury."

It's Banks's strong focus on community involvement that made him stand out.

Norwood said, "This guy's core values are as solid as they can be. Very honest, just a wholesome person, who, in his exact words, 'law enforcement is not a job, it's a calling.'"

Banks starts March 3rd, but will still make himself available for any future investigation-related questioning.

Banks says he is excited to move his wife and three kids closer to family members already living in Round Rock.

He adds he's leaving Albuquerque because the permanent position of chief was never offered to him.

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