Tom Ryff is a lifelong Tempe resident and graduate of Tempe High School. He holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of North Florida.
Chief Ryff is an active member and/or supporter of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, Latino Peace Officers Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Project Challenge Board Member, Council on American-Islamic Relations, East Valley Hispanic Business Alliance, and Los Vecinos Community Action Group.
Further demonstrating his commitment to diversity, he is a 2009 recipient of the League of United Latin American Citizens Community Service Award and the Human Relations Commission Diversity Award. Chief Ryff also has been honored with the East Valley NAACP President’s Award.
For his 34 year career in law enforcement, commitment to community safety, and the innovation and advances he has contributed to Traffic Safety, Chief Ryff was chosen in 2011 as the premiere recipient of a new award from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety – the GOHS Traffic Safety Award.