NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has appointed Chief of Training Benjamin Tucker as the city’s new First Deputy Commissioner.
Tucker was named to the position following the abrupt resignation of Chief Philip Banks III.
Bratton made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday. His list of candidates for the position also included Chief of Brooklyn North Gerald Nelson, CBS2 reported.
“We salute the appointment of Benjamin Tucker as 1st Deputy Commissioner,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. “He grew up in Brooklyn and has long been a part of the NYPD family. We wish him great success in the real challenges that lie ahead.”
Tucker, who was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, started as a police officer in 1969 and is experienced in policing, law and government, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported. He worked in the Koch administration and also served under President Barack Obama as deputy director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Most recently, he was in charge of police training at the NYPD.