Philip Banks III, Chief of Community Affairs for the New York City Police Department will become the new chief, working under Commissioner Raymond Kelly and succeeding the retiring Joseph Esposito, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Phil Banks has proven himself time and again to be as outstanding a field commander, adept in managing police personnel and operations, as he has a consummate builder of community relations whose robust School Safety and Juvenile Justice Divisions, as well as New-Immigrant Outreach and Crime Prevention programs, flourished under his command,” Kelly said. Banks will become the 37th person to hold the post, formerly known as Chief of Operations and Chief Inspector. Banks became a police officer in 1986 and served as the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan North, 79th, 81st and Central Park Precincts. His father is a retired NYPD Lieutenant. He has an undergraduate degree from Lincoln University and has completed police and management training at Columbia University and Harvard University.