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 Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff 

About Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff

Throughout his 34 year career as a Tempe Police Officer, Tom Ryff has recognized the importance of building coalitions and promoting a community police force that values inclusiveness, innovation and diversity.

Since becoming Chief in 2006, his goal has been to transform the Tempe Police Department into a high-performing, high-morale organization that excels in delivering high-quality police services and is prepared to meet the increased public safety challenges of the future.


Chief's Bio

Tom Ryff is a lifelong Tempe resident and graduate of Tempe High School. He holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Chief Ryff is an active member and/or supporter of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, Latino Peace Officers Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Council on American-Islamic Relations, East Valley Hispanic Business Alliance, and Los Vecinos Community Action Group.

Further demonstrating his commitment to diversity, in 2014 Chief Ryff was awarded the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives NOBLE leadership award. Chief Ryff is a past recipient of the League of United Latin American Citizens Community Service Award, the Human Relations Commission Diversity Award, and the East Valley NAACP President’s Award. For his 34 year career in law enforcement, commitment to community safety, and the innovation and advances he has contributed to Traffic Safety, Chief Ryff was chosen in 2011 as the premiere recipient of a new award from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety – the GOHS Traffic Safety Award.


 Messages from the Chief

Apr 7, 2014      Sentencing of Roger Nelson
Mar 5, 2014       Fallen Phoenix Detective John Hobbs
Feb 25, 2014   Lost Our Home Pet Foundation Pet Food Drive
Feb 20, 2014    Tempe Police Foundation & Partners in Crime
Jan 31, 2014      Volunteer in Policing (VIP) Program Update
Jan 3, 2014       3-Year Staffing Plan & Capital Improvement Projects
Dec 9, 2013        December 2013 Special Events
Nov 26, 2013     Giving Thanks to Those Who Deserve It
Nov 22, 2013     Body Worn Cameras, Block Party, Upcoming Enforcement
Nov 12, 2013    Remember K9 Officer "Jaeger"
Sep 10, 2013    2013 Safe & Sober - DUI and Youth Alcohol Enforcement
Aug 2, 2013   Asst. Chief Carbajal Transfer to Investigations/Shift Change
July 3, 2013      Independence Day/Public Safety Tribute
June 3, 2013   Leadership & Change 
Apr 5, 2013   Support for Special Olympics of Arizona
Mar 8, 2013   2012 Tempe Police Department Annual Report
Feb 22, 2013   Support for 100 Club of Arizona
Feb 15, 2013   Organizational Stability
Jan 1, 2013   Officer Safety
Dec 24, 2012    Happy & Safe Holiday Season
Dec 14, 2012   Kyleigh Sousa Homicide - Suspect Receives Life in Prison
Nov 9, 2012   Run From the Cops 5K - Tempe Police Foundation
Oct 3, 2012   Offender Watch Program
Aug 10, 2012   Patrol Shift Change
July 5, 2012   Independence Day
June 29, 2012 Honoring the Legacy - New Tempe Police Patch
May 14, 2012                          National Police Week - Honoring Fallen Officers
May 5, 2012   Arizona Republic Column 'Committed to Keeping Tempe Safe'
Apr 20, 2012   Annual Report & Community Survey
Apr 6, 2012   Training & Safety
Feb 29, 2012   Det. Tim Barber Twins
Feb 3, 2012   Fighting Crime & Staying Safe
Jan 17, 2012   Dedication: Volunteer Doris Cornell
Dec 22, 2011   2011 Year End Appreciation & Accomplishments
Dec 12, 2011   Drug Trafficking Operation - Crank Call & Hornswoggle
Nov 23, 2011   Reorganization Specifics - Safety is Our #1 Priority
Nov 11, 2011   Reorganization - Officer Safety & Functional Effectiveness
Aug 27, 2011   Loss of Det. Tim Barber
Aug 26, 2011   Det. Tim Barber Fundraiser Appreciation
Jul 29, 2011   Seeking Input & Ideas
Jul 25, 2011   Strategic Planning Process
Jul 5, 2011   Six Month Accomplishments
Jun 11, 2011   Change & Opportunity
Jun 2, 2011   PIN/RMS Technology Project
May 6, 2011   Patrol Staffing
Apr 22, 2011   Use of Force Media Academy
Apr 11, 2011   Communications & Dispatch
Mar 21, 2011   Community Satisfaction Survey
Mar 4, 2011   City Budget Forums
Feb 4, 2011   AZ Republic Column 'Commitment'
Jan 21, 2011   100 Club Benefit
Jan 6, 2011   Tempe SWAT



Last updated: 4/7/2014 10:38:49 AM