July 18, 2013
Albuquerque, NM— After 31 years as an APD Police Officer and eight years as Chief of Police Ray Schultz will retire from the Chief position on August 3rd. Deputy Chief Allen Banks has been named by Mayor Berry as interim chief beginning on August 3rd.
Chief Schultz’s tenure as Police Chief has seen great strides in crime reduction. During the past three years Albuquerque has seen the three lowest FBI crime rates in the last 20 years; auto thefts are down by almost 20%, murders are down more than 25%, and rape is down almost 15%. While the violent crime rate went up across the nation last year – Albuquerque’s violent crime rate dropped. Under the leadership of Chief Schultz the department has experienced sweeping changes in the use of police technology including the use of Predictive Policing, lapel cameras, bait items and the Real Time Crime Center, to name just a few.
"Chief Schultz is a tremendous leader and has brought about real change at APD," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Albuquerque and this Mayor are grateful for his leadership and his efforts to make Albuquerque a safer place. His professionalism and his love for the city and the department are greatly appreciated."
Chief Schultz’s primary accomplishments include:
• Correcting the issues that existed in the APD Evidence Room and creating what is now a model for Police Evidence Room Operations.
• Creating the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center and taking the project from concept to reality.
• Forming the APD COAST Team to assist persons and their families in crisis.
• Expanding several Private/Public Partnerships that have become the standard for cooperation between businesses and law enforcement. Most notably is ARAPA, Albuquerque Retail Asset Protection Association.
• Creating the Albuquerque Prisoner Transport Unit and Facility.
"It has been my honor to serve the citizens of Albuquerque for the past 8 years as Chief of Police. I can retire from APD knowing that the Department is good hands with Interim Chief Banks," said Chief Schultz. "The department is well-funded and well-equipped and positioned perfectly to continue to move forward".
"Deputy Chief Allen Banks is the logical choice as interim Chief during transition," said Mayor Berry. Born and raised in Albuquerque Chief Banks service to APD began in 1992. Banks served as a Patrol Officer in both the Valley and Northeast Area Commands. After promotion to Sergeant in 2001, Banks was assigned to Field Operations and served in the Field Services Bureau in the Foothills Area Command. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy, class 237, and served in the Internal Affairs and the Background Unit. Upon taking office in 2009, Mayor Berry chose him for his first promotion to Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief of Field Services, he oversaw the largest department within the organization.
"I consider serving this city as a great honor. Being asked by Mayor Berry to be the Interim Chief is a position I am humbled to fill. It is with the utmost dignity and respect for our community that I look forward to the opportunities ahead," said Chief Banks.
In order to ensure a smooth transition for the largest police department in the State of New Mexico Chief Schultz will continue, in an advisory role, until September 6th.
A national search firm will be retained, at an approximate cost of $25,000 to conduct a local and national search for candidates. "We believe we have great candidates within APD, including Interim Chief Banks, but we also want to insure that we give the department and the City the benefit of a national search." said Mayor Berry. No decisions on a permanent Chief of Police will be made until after the upcoming Mayoral Election.