Patrick J. Ryder
Acting Commissioner
Nassau County Police Department
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Patrick J. Ryder was named Acting Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department by County Executive Edward P. Mangano in July of 2017. Acting Commissioner Ryder recently completed his 33rd year in law enforcement serving the last 31 years with the Nassau County Police Department.

Acting Commissioner Ryder began his distinguished law enforcement career with the NYPD on January 4, 1984 in the 79th Precinct and then subsequently joined the ranks of the NCPD on July 18, 1986. After completing the NCPD Police Academy, he was assigned to the Third Precinct (Car 315). In 1988 he joined the ranks of the Department’s prestigious Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) where he remained until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995. He was then assigned to the Fifth Precinct until 1997 when he was designated a Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Eighth Squad. In 2000, he went to the Asset Forfeiture Bureau as Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2008, he was designated the Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit.

As Commanding Officer of Asset and Intelligence, Acting Commissioner Ryder proactively implemented a number of life-saving programs and initiatives that helped ensure officer and public safety. Some of the programs and initiatives include: the NCPD’s Real Time Intelligence (RTI) system, which has Interactive touch screen monitors designed to share finished intelligence products throughout the intelligence community; the NCPD’s R.E.A.C.H. Program, which ensures law enforcement has pertinent information readily available which can be used to quickly find an individual with a cognitive disorder who has gone missing; the Civilian Intelligence Analyst Program; the DNA Collection Initiative; the creation of the Counter-Terrorism Unit; the creation of a Think Tank; and the creation of the NCPD CIRRT (Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team) which utilizes intelligence led policing to combat crime. These initiatives have allowed Nassau residents to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the Nation and have brought crime in the County to historic lows.

Acting Commissioner Ryder has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Management and is an Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College and with Dowling College until 2015, teaching Criminal Justice and Intelligence Led Policing. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Criminal Justice, SUNY Farmingdale and is a N.Y.S. D.C.J.S. Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, a New York State Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and has top secret clearance with the FBI NY Field Office. Acting Commissioner Ryder has been deputized as an IRS-Criminal Investigator and is a Counter Terrorism Lecturer at the University of Maryland, Center for Health and Homeland Security. In addition, he has trained Law Enforcement from the following Egypt, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Africa, and Turkey.

He and his wife Jill have been married for 27years and have three children, Liam, Sean and Meghan.