ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Deputy Chief Allen Banks was sworn in Saturday as the city's Interim Police Chief.
"Congratulations, you are officially the Chief of Police of the city of Albuquerque, sir," said Mayor Richard Berry.
Banks was born and raised in Albuquerque and has been with APD for 21 years.
His family helped Saturday with the pinning of his stars. He becomes the city's first African-American Police Chief.
Berry named Banks as a temporary replacement saying Banks was the right man for the job.
Saturday was Police Chief Ray Schultz's last day, but he will stay on for another month to help Banks with the transition.
Schultz's departure comes amid an ongoing federal investigation into APD following a string of officer-involved shootings and allegations of excessive use of force.
"Over the past several years, law enforcement has faced numerous challenges," Banks said Saturday. "The demands on the profession have increased and the expectations have risen. As we move forward, the sworn and civilian personal will continue to work hard to represent and support his city."
Chief Banks will be the Interim Police Chief until the mayor picks a new chief. That won't be until after the election in October.
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