Throughout his 35 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.
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.