NYPD Commissioner William Bratton named Benjamin Tucker, the department's official in charge of its training program, as first deputy commissioner, the second-highest ranked position.

Bratton made the announcement at 1:30 p.m. Tucker, along with chief Gerald Nelson, were the two names most prominently mentioned for the post following the sudden retirement last week of Phillip Banks III, who had been Bratton's first choice.

Tucker, a lawyer, had been an NYPD officer from 1972 until 1991 when he retired. Tucker had a number of posts in government, including jobs with the Clinton Administration and under Mayor Ed Koch. After retiring from the NYPD, Tucker took a teaching job at Pace University.

Bratton has relied on Tucker to institute a new training regime at the NYPD, including the retraining of the entire department following the alleged chokehold death of Eric Garner in July.