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Police Chief Tom Ryff Selected to Receive NOBLE Award

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Post Date:03/17/2014
Tempe Chief of Police Tom Ryff has been selected to receive the “Friend of NOBLE Award” from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

The Friend of NOBLE award recognizes a public leader who has demonstrated himself/herself as a highly competent public servant at the forefront of providing solutions for law enforcement issues and concerns in the community. Emphasis is placed on choosing a leader who exemplifies a commitment to diversity and to the community.

Chief Patrick Melvin, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Chief of Police and NOBLE Executive Leadership will present the award to Chief Ryff the evening of March 20, at the Formal Tempe City Council meeting shortly after 7:30 p.m. Also in attendance will be representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), including the Reverend Oscar Tillman, President, and members of the Tempe History Museum’s African American Advisory Committee.

NOBLE Executive Board Member Glendale Police Cmdr. Andre Anderson stated, “Chief Ryff has consistently demonstrated leadership and dedication to creating an environment where inclusiveness and transparency are a fundamental part of the decision-making process in resolving challenges facing our community and region.”

Chief Ryff has placed strong emphasis on creating a workplace and workforce that values and promotes inclusiveness and excellence. A trusted community police organization starts with recruiting and hiring diverse, exceptional individuals, assuring we are reaching out to all populations and minority groups, and that we are dedicated to serving and protecting all the people of our community.

Chief Ryff has been consistent in his dedication to assure that the Tempe Police Department is a high-performing, high-morale organization that excels in delivering the highest quality police services, promotes direct community involvement, provides a safe, supportive environment for employees and their development, and is prepared to meet the increased public safety challenges of the future for our community.
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