California Police Chief- Fall 2013 CPCA_2019_Spring Magazine- FINAL - Page 22

LEAVING A LEGACY 40 Years of Dedicated Service “Safety, Service and Trust!” is the motto of the Fresno Police Department, but more than that, it’s the roadmap Chief Jerry Dyer has used for the past 18 years as chief of the department. It’s hard to believe by looking at him, that Chief Dyer has been in this profession for over 40 years and all with the same department. Chief Dyer has a way of making things look easy. We’ve all watched him shine in front of the camera, handle intradepartmental scandals, lead organizations, be a father, husband, grandfather and more importantly, be the man of God he was intended to be. But who is Jerry Dyer? Jerry comes from a family of law enforcement, but not just any agency, The Fresno Police Department specifically. His father was a detective at Fresno PD, his sister a detective at Fresno PD, and currently; his son-in- law, niece and her husband all work for Fresno PD. Jerry began his career in 1979 as a police cadet and quickly rose through the ranks. As sergeant he was head of the SWAT team, helped many crime victims, supervised the narcotics division and connected with faith-based leaders to build 22 California Police Chief | www.californiapolicechiefs.org community trust. He then was promoted to lieutenant where he was known in the community as being extremely relatable and approachable. Soon after his promotion he was assigned as administrative lieutenant and public information officer. During this assignment Chief Dyer worked tirelessly to raise private funds and he successfully launched Fresno PD’s Skywatch helicopter unit. During his time as captain he oversaw one of the busiest districts in the City, all while also overseeing the Skywatch unit. He