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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Four GPD officers promoted during ceremony

Four long-time Galveston Police Department sworn officers were promoted Wednesday during a promotional ceremony at the police station. 

  • Captain Andre Mitchell will be appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police
  • Lieutenant Destin Sims will be appointed to the rank of Captain
  • Lieutenant Xavier Hancock will be appointed to the rank of Captain 
  • Sergeant Jeff Banks will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Assistant Chief Andre Mitchell has served as Crime Scene Commander, Crisis Negotiation Commander, Investigative Services Bureau Commander and Office of Professional Standards investigator for the Galveston Police Department.  He has a graduate degree in Police Management from Sam Houston State University, Certified Public Manager credentials and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas - Leadership Command College.  Asst. Chief Mitchell’s training also includes multiple certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute.  He is a proud member of the Class of 1988 – Ball High School.  

Captain Xavier Tyrone Hancock graduated from C.E. Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas in 1992. After pursuing various vocations, Captain Hancock moved to Galveston in 2005, and joined the 57th Galveston Police Academy in 2006. Captain Hancock has served in a variety of enforcement, investigative and administrative roles during his tenure at the Galveston Police Department. He earned an associate’s degree from Houston Community College in 2005, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Service Administration from the Bush School at Texas A&M.  Captain Hancock is a husband and a father, a board member of Yaga’s Children’s Fund and active volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He is an avid reader, an equine and poultry enthusiast, and has peculiar predilections for number theory and haikus. 

Capt. Destin Sims began his law enforcement career after graduating in 1998 from the UT System Police Academy in Austin, TX. He joined the UT Medical Branch police department for two years and began his twenty-plus years of service with the Galveston Police Department in 2000.  Capt. Sims, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society from Penn State University, holds two Medals of Valor awards from the department, a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Award for Public Service and numerous certification and specialized training credentials. Experience with GPD includes Special Operations Commander, SWAT Team Commander, Special Response Group-SRG Team Commander, Citizens Police Academy Coordinator, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Liaison, Canine Handler Supervisor, Patrol Supervisor, and Patrol Officer. Sims community outreach duty has encompassed public speaking engagements, crowd control, security and logistics for city-wide events. He is a BOI, Ball High School graduate and married with four children ages 26 to 4 months old.

Lt. Jeffrey Banks has served the Galveston Police Department as a Patrol Officer,  as a Criminal Investigation Division detective for the Family Services Unit and, after promoting,  returned to Patrol as a Supervising Sergeant.  His next assignment took him back to the Family Services Unit as a supervisor and, next, as the D Shift Watch Commander.  He transferred to Administration in 2022.  He has received numerous commendations as well as recognition for his work on what was widely known as the “Baby Jacob” Case.  Lt. Banks has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown and holds a Master Peace Officer License from TCOLE. 


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