Chief Jerry Dyer has served the Fresno Police Department for 37 years. As a sergeant, he supervised several high-profile units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the Patrol Tactical Team, the Major Narcotics Unit, and he also served as an Internal Affairs Investigator.
Chief Dyer rose through the ranks serving as a lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and as the department’s first assistant chief of police. Prior to being appointed as police chief on August 1, 2001, Chief Dyer is the longest tenured police chief in the history of the Fresno Police Department.
Chief Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University at Pomona.
Chief Dyer is a graduate of the California Command College, where his peers recognized him as the Most Inspirational Student. He also attended the 33rd Session of the FBI National Executive Institute. In 2008, Chief Dyer served as the president of the California Police Chief’s Association, which is comprised of 338 police chiefs.
During the 2011 California Police Chief’s Conference, Chief Dyer was honored with the Joseph T. Malloy Award. The most prestigious award granted by the California Police Chief’s Association. This recognition is bestowed based upon the recipient’s professionalism, leadership, energy, and commitment to the mission of the organization. Recently, Chief Dyer was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Major Cities Chiefs Association representing the nine western states. Jerry has been married to his wife Diane for 36 years and has two children and four grandchildren.