Patrick J. Ryder
Commissioner of Police
Nassau County Police Department
Patrick J. Ryder was named Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department by County Executive Laura Curran in February 2018. He recently completed his 34th year in law enforcement, serving the last 32 years with the Nassau County Police Department.
Commissioner Ryder began his distinguished law enforcement career with the New York Police Department on January 4, 1984 in the 79th Precinct. He joined the NCPD on July 18, 1986 and was assigned to the Third Precinct (Car 315). In 1988, he joined 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 was assigned to the Asset Forfeiture Bureau and served as Deputy Commanding Officer until 2008 when he was designated the Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit.
As Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit, Commissioner Ryder proactively implemented a number of life-saving programs and initiatives that helped ensure officer and public safety. These 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 R.E.A.C.H. Program, a registry that ensures law enforcement has vital information available to them should a person with a cognitive impairment go missing; the Civilian Intelligence Analyst Program; the DNA Collection Initiative; and the creation of the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Think Tank, and the Department’s Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team (CIRRT), which utilizes intelligence-led policing to combat crime. Together these initiatives have brought crime in Nassau County to historic lows, allowing residents to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the United States.
Commissioner Ryder has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Management from Long Island University – Riverhead Campus. He is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Intelligence-Led Policing at Nassau Community College and taught at Dowling College until 2015. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Criminal Justice at SUNY Farmingdale and is a Counter-Terrorism Lecturer at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. Commissioner Ryder is a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, a New York State Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and has clearance with the FBI’s New York Field Office. He has also been deputized as an IRS Criminal Investigator. Additionally, he has trained members of law enforcement agencies from Egypt, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Africa, and Turkey.
He and his wife Jill have been married for 28 years and have three children: Liam, Sean, and Meghan.