Round Rock Police Chief Allen J. Banks was announced Jan. 7 as the recipient of the 2018 Citizen of the Year award from the Round Rock Chamber. The award was presented at the Chamber’s annual awards banquet on Jan. 29. Click HERE for the other award recipients.
“I am extremely honored and blessed to have been selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Round Rock Chamber,” said Chief Banks. “This award represents the hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and professionalism of all men and women of the Round Rock Police Department. Our values of Community, Honor, Integrity and Pride are displayed every day as we continue to make Round Rock a great city to live, work and play.”
Chief Banks has served as Round Rock Police Chief for more than four years. During that time, the Department has become a nationwide model for community policing. The Department hosts or participates in hundreds of community and service events each year. Many new events have become annual traditions since his arrival, including the Junior Police Academy and Back to School Celebration. New programs were adopted to mentor kids at the Texas Baptist Children’s Home (Blue Guardian), to prevent package theft during the Holidays (Operation Front Porch), and to hang up Christmas lights for Meals on Wheels recipients. The annual Bless the Badge event has brought law enforcement and the faith community together since 2015. More than 100 religious leaders attended our “Surviving an Active Killer” training for places of worship.
In addition to these events, Chief Banks represents the Department and the City of Round Rock at numerous conferences and panel discussions each year. This summer, he was named to Gov. Abbott’s School Safety Roundtable Series in May and returned to the Capitol in June to participate in the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety. In April 2018, he guided the Department through the pain of losing Officer Charles Whites, the Department’s first line of duty death. In March 2018, he worked with regional and federal law enforcement to help bring an end to the Austin bomber. In 2016, Chief Banks was awarded the Civil Rights Justice by Action Award by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Round Rock. Chief Banks joined the Department in 2014 after retiring as interim Chief of Police of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department.