APD swears in new police chief

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The former secretary of public safety is now officially Albuquerque’s police chief Gorden Eden was sworn in Wednesday morning.

Eden is taking over APD in the middle of a federal investigation into the culture at the department and use of force.

Mayor Richard Berry says Eden, an Albuquerque native, is the right man for the job.

For the past four years, he has served as DPS secretary overseeing state police. Before that Eden was a U.S. marshal and led the state police training and recruiting division.

Eden has already shared his plan for making changes within APD.

He wants to take a look at the internal affairs process, leadership roles and wants to focus on good recruits.

Eden says he already has a busy schedule.

“Tomorrow I’m scheduled to meet with about 60 different employees, what we can do to improve the department,” Chief Eden said.

Wednesday, Mayor Berry thanked outgoing interim chief Allen banks for his years of service with the department.

Albuquerque police officers and other law enforcement members lined the street between APD headquarters and city hall to say goodbye to him.

Banks is headed to Round Rock, Texas to take a chief job there.

Governor Susana Martinez has named Greg Fouratt to lead the state Department of Public Safety.

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