24 Apr 2014

NYPD Lt. Robert Gonzalez picked for top training job

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NYPD Lt. Robert Gonzalez picked for top training job

New York Daily News
Rocco Parascandola

Posted 04/24/2014 10:24 PM

Robert Gonzalez

A NYPD lieutenant at the Police Academy has been tapped for a top training post by Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Lt. Robert Gonzalez will be promoted Friday to assistant commissioner for Education and Research, a new position under Benjamin Tucker, the recently-named Deputy Commissioner of Training.

Gonzalez, a 20-year veteran with a doctorate in educational leadership, been assigned since 2008 to the Police Academy, where he served as head of the Human Resources Section and Special Projects Unit.

The appointment is part of Bratton’s stated plan to take a hard look at training, particularly for recruits. The NYPD said Gonzalez will be responsible for putting in place “new and innovative training paradigms.”

Gonzalez is a former president of the Latino Officers Association, which had criticized former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for not promoting enough Hispanics to top NYPD posts.

Others being promoted  Friday are 50 new sergeants and 14 new detectives.