Mayor Swearengin Praises Chief Dyer’s Extraordinary Record of Accomplishment

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer for his “incredible leadership” of the department and his “extraordinary record of accomplishment” over the past 10 years as chief.

Chief Dyer today announced that he will retire from the department, effective June 30. He will remain as interim chief until a successor is selected.

“The City of Fresno owes Chief Dyer our deepest thanks for his lifetime of service to our community,” Mayor Swearengin said. “The depth of the commitment Chief Dyer made to the Fresno Police Department and to the entire City is remarkable, and the level of sacrifice he made – both personally and professionally – is tremendous.

“Needless to say, this transition is bittersweet – bitter because we don’t want to see Chief Dyer go, but sweet because he has accomplished so much. The standard he has set for the Police Department and for the person who will take his place could not be any higher.”

Mayor Swearengin said Chief Dyer has led the department to a number of significant accomplishments since taking over as chief in 2001, including:

Reducing violent crime in the City by more than 25 percent since 2001;

· Gaining state and national attention for the department’s balanced approach in addressing gangs;

· Engaging with residents to develop comprehensive solutions to crime prevention and suppression. As a result, Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life was created in Southwest Fresno under Captain Greg Garner’s leadership, and that model for community engagement now exists in all four policing districts in the City.

· Initiating District crime suppression teams, Operation Bulldog, Fresno Ceasefire, the Violent Crime Impact Team and the Mayors Gang Prevention Initiative – all of which have been well thought-out plans aimed at impacting violent crime;

· Leading the charge to merge graffiti enforcement, abatement, and prosecution under one umbrella within FPD and bringing under control a graffiti problem that was largely out of control;

· Dramatically improving traffic safety, with a 50 percent reduction in the number of people killed in traffic collisions in the city each year;

· Creatively “doing more with less” by initiating the video policing unit, online reporting, automated report and ticket writing, and expanding the use of Citizens on Patrol to conduct low-level criminal investigation.

· Creating the Child Abuse Unit; and

· Establishing the Regional Training Center to provide stress-induced, real-life training to law enforcement throughout the Valley.

In addition to the department’s accomplishment, Mayor Swearengin said Chief Dyer has been a great fundraiser by launching the Fresno Police Chief’s Foundation, which raises money to meet the unmet needs of the department, most notably the Operation SkyWatch helicopter patrol.

Under Chief Dyer’s direction, the department received national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement (CALEA), making Fresno the largest municipal law enforcement agency to receive the accreditation. Next month, the department will receive its second reaccreditation status and will receive the “Accreditation with Excellence” designation as a result of meeting 100 percent of the CALEA standards.

In addition, Chief Dyer has been a state and national leader in law enforcement, having served as the president of the California Police Chiefs Association. This year, he received the association’s Joseph Malloy Award for distinguished service as a police chief.

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