MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- Days of turmoil came to somewhat of an end for Commissioner Bill Bratton and the NYPD as Benjamin Tucker was elevated to First Deputy Commissioner.
The former Deputy Commissioner of Training joined the NYPD as an 18-year-old on November 21, 1969. On Wednesday -- nearly 45 years later -- he became one of the most powerful and impactful figures in the city and the NYPD's second-in-command.
Aside from Tucker having worked with the NYPD, he has also served in various roles under Presidents Clinton and Obama. His new office within the NYPD is still evolving according Commissioner Bratton, but some of his existing responsibilities, specifically training, will remain as a result of his experience.
"Looking at Ben in his skill set, it's almost a perfect match to everything we are being asked to address in the department at this particular time," Bratton said.
If one thing is for certain, according to Tucker, this position will not be viewed as a figure head position without responsibilities, which is reportedly what fueled Chief Philip Banks' abrupt resignation late last week.
"I'm going to use all of the skills and the experience that I've had throughout my career that seem to have some relevance to the work that I will be doing day to day an bring those to bear to help move the agency forward in ways that we are all trying to do," he said.
Hours before the announcement, a small protest was held outside of 1 Police Plaza calling for Commissioner Bratton's ouster. The commissioner offered up this parting shot to his detractors at the news conference.
"I know it's going to disappoint some people, but I'm not going anywhere, I'm here and I like it," he said. "I like all these people I get to work with. I love the cops I get to work with, so why would I want to leave, so in terms of those that are trying to push me out the door, you better push me harder because I'm not going."
Mayor Bill De Blasio embraced the promotion as did other city officials. However, U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) was skeptical.
"The departure of Chief Banks, which seems to have been unnecessarily provoked, left a gaping hole that the police department will struggle to fill. Ben Tucker has an interesting background, but there is no recent evidence of any meaningful community-based experience. Let's hope he will be successful, but the jury is out," Jeffries said in a statement.
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