On Friday June 30, Jerry Dyer officially retired after serving ten years as Fresno’s chief of police, though he will not vacate the office for a number of months. He will remain as interim chief until a successor is chosen, a process Chief Dyer may take part in.
“I love the city of Fresno and I love the Fresno Police Department," Dyer, 52, said at a recent news conference where he announced his retirement. “It’s difficult for me to pull away, but I know the timing is right." Chief Dyer has been a police officer with the Fresno Police Department for 32 years and is one of Fresno’s longest-serving chiefs of police.
The Fresno Bee reports that “during his tenure as chief, Dyer stepped up traffic enforcement — particularly DUI enforcement. He made the fight against drunken driving a top priority. The growth and increasing violence of gangs, especially the Bulldogs, exceeded anything in the city’s past and reached a crisis during Dyer’s tenure as chief. Dyer’s response: The Bulldog Tactical Team, which evolved into the Violent Crime Impact Team. Earlier this year, he said violent crime in Fresno is down about 12% this year, despite staff cutbacks and a county jail that keeps half its beds empty because of the Sheriff’s Office’s own money woes."