Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer Retires
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."