Chief Allen Banks
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.
He and his wife, Tammy, have three children.
Assistant Chief Willie Richards
Assistant Chief Willie Richards has served this community since 1995, in Patrol, Training and Recruiting and Criminal Investigations. He currently oversees Patrol and Special Operations Divisions. Before beginning his career in law enforcement, he worked in the Travis County Jail and at the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in April 2017. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and acquired a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.
Assistant Chief Justin Carmichael
Assistant Chief Justin Carmichael joined the Round Rock Police Department in 2001. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in April 2021 and currently oversees the Criminal Investigations, Training, and Support Services divisions, as well as the Planning and Policy Section and the Accreditation program. On his way through the ranks, he has served as a Field Training Officer, Task Force Officer, and 16-year SWAT Team Member. He also served as a Patrol Sergeant, and his Lieutenant and Commander years were spent in the Criminal Investigations and Patrol divisions. He started his law enforcement career with the Hearne Police Department, where he served as a Detective and Patrol Officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Police Management from Sam Houston State University.