The New York City Police Department on Friday announced the former head of the National Latino Officers Association has been promoted.
Robert Gonzalez will now serve as Assistant Commissioner for Education and Research.
He was formally promoted during an NYPD ceremony at One Police Plaza.
Gonzalez has been in the department since 1993 and was a president of an organization advocating for Latino officers.
Police Commissioner William Bratton says Gonzalez will diversify the department's senior management and help train officers.
Gonzalez says he looks forward to putting his experience to good use.
"I have a doctorate in education and with that I plan to design new training, research old training and new paradigms in training and law enforcement and just be part of this refreshing new agenda that Police Commissioner William Bratton has put together," Gonzalez said.
The National Latino Officers Association says they're happy to have Gonzalez in such a high position, but say their long term goal is to have a Latino commissioner.