Episode 32 – Chief Allen Banks- Round Rock, TX – Crime Scene Today with Dan Zientek
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 we will be talking with Chief Allen Banks about many of the community projects that he has brought to the city of Round Rock, TX. One, in particular, was published as one of the great ideas of 2020 shaping the future of policing in the IACP Police Chief Magazine.
Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks started with the City in March 2014 after a 21-year career with the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department. Chief Banks’ time with Albuquerque PD exposed him to nearly every facet of municipal law enforcement. He started as a patrol officer in 1992. As he promoted up the ranks, he managed Internal Affairs and Criminal Nuisance Abatement as a Lieutenant and served as a Shift Watch Commander for the busiest sector of that city. As a commander, he headed that agency’s largest division and promoted to Deputy Chief in 2009 before being tapped for Interim Chief in 2013 upon the prior chief’s retirement.
With his arrival in Round Rock, the Department has enjoyed a re-energized approach to community and relational policing. Major new events, Kutz4Kidz, Junior Police Academy, Back to School Celebration, and other programs were introduced for the City’s youth. Under Chief Banks’ leadership, the Department’s volunteer programs – from the Citizens Police Academy alumni to the Chaplains Program and Citizens on Patrol – have seen a greater emphasis and a significant increase in volunteers for the Department. Also, outreach events to the international, faith, and diverse communities were started. The Bless the Badge Event conducted by area church pastors initiated in 2015, and in 2016 the Department created the Be Alert of Residential K9s (BARK) program to allow citizens to alert the Department to the presence of pets in a home.
Because of these initiatives, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) awarded him the Civil Rights Justice by Action Award in 2016. He was also named 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Banks is a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #237 and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar session #78. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. He is a member of International Chiefs of Police, National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Texas Police Chiefs Association.