Chief of Police Tom Ryff



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   About Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff

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.

Ryff has placed an emphasis on fighting crime through Intelligence Led Policing, providing quality police services, creating a positive work environment for employees, promoting organizational development and innovation, enhancing information technology and forming partnerships with Federal, State and municipal law enforcement agencies.

The Tempe Police Department is currently comprised of approximately 500 employees, with an operating budget of over 70 million dollars.  Tempe Police employees serve a resident population of over 167,000, and a service population of 225,000.  Tempe is home to Arizona State University, which has a student population of over 60,000.

Chief Ryff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Over the course of his extensive career, Chief Ryff has been the recipient of multiple awards: 2014 Friends of N.O.B.L.E. Leadership Award; 2011 Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Traffic Safety Award; 2010 NAACP East Valley Chapter President’s Award; 2009 Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King Diversity Award; 2009 League of United Latin American (L.U.L.A.C.) Citizens Community Service Award; and the 2006 National Latino Peace Officers Association (N.L.P.O.A.) Special Recognition Award.

Additionally, Chief Ryff has served on a variety of boards and associations.  He currently serves as the Chair of the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, Secretary for the East Valley Gang & Criminal Information Fusion Center, and Past Chair and member of the East Valley Police Chiefs Association.  He was recently elected as Chair of the Mountain Southwest Region for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is also serving as a member on the IACP Training Committee.


  Messages from the Chief

Jan 20, 2015
  Court Decision - Officer's Actions Reasonable
Dec 23, 2014
  Happy Holidays
Dec 12, 2014

"Our Time to Shine"
Dec 4, 2014
  Run from the Cops 5K Postponed
Nov 13, 2014
  Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested
Oct 30, 2014

Passing of K9 Officer "Deuce"
Oct 23, 2014
  "We've Got An App For That..." - Social Media & Mobile App
Sep 30, 2014
  The Center for Habilitation Community Project
Sep 9, 2014
  The 500 Year Flood
Aug 14, 2014
  Tempe Police Explorers
July 31, 2014
  Legitimacy & Procedural Justice
July 18, 2014
  Digital Evidence & Body Worn Cameras
June 24, 2014
  Swearing In New Officers
June 3, 2014
  Women in Leadership Law Enforcement Forum
May 6, 2014
  Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
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



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