NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has named a new chief of department.
Philip Banks III, a 26-year veteran of the force, was officially installed as the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed officer at a promotion ceremony Thursday. He is the second African-American to hold the top uniform position.
Banks received a standing ovation from the rank and file when he was introduced at the ceremony.
Banks, 50, began his career as a patrolman in the 81st Precinct, and rose through the ranks in the ensuing years. He had most recently served as Chief of Community Affairs.