Chief Allen Banks’ statement on his retirement

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks released the following statement about his retirement:

Members of the Albuquerque Community,

Yesterday I gave notice to Mayor Richard J. Berry that I will be retiring from the Albuquerque Police Department at the end of next month. I have accepted an offer to be the Chief of Police for another law enforcement agency. As a result, I will not be applying for the Chief of Police position. I will be working with Mayor Berry until the end of February to transition the department into new leadership.

This decision was difficult. I prayed, talked with my family and sought the advice of the people I trust. I had to do what was best for the ones I care so deeply about. Albuquerque has been home for my entire life and I wear the APD uniform with great sense of pride for what it stands for. The men and women who will continue to wear that uniform will go on and strive to keep APD one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.

This past six months have been an honor because of the men and women I had the opportunity to lead and the community that I have served. The support I received from the community as Interim Chief was overwhelming. I want to thank all of you for that support and assure you that this department and the institution it represents will be in good hands.

It’s hard for me to say good bye. I grew up here, went to school here, worked here, fell in love here and had three wonderful children here.

I will miss Albuquerque!

Thank you and God Bless,

Allen J. Banks
Chief of Police
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