John "Jack" Ryan retired from his position as a police captain with the Providence Police Department in Providence, Rhode Island in June of 2002. He had served that department for twenty years. In his last assignment Captain Ryan was responsible for the department's research and policy as well as taking an active role in training.
During his tenure as a police officer Jack Ryan pursued his education. He attained a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.; a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of both the Rhode Island and Federal Bar.
In addition to his career as a police officer, Jack was also an adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University in Newport R.I. He taught graduate and undergraduate course in criminal procedure; constitutional law; police misconduct; and contemporary issues in the justice system.
Captain Ryan has written two books for use by Rhode Island law enforcement officers. One of the books Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officers Guide to Criminal Procedure is widely used by Rhode Island police departments as part of their promotional-study materials. The second book, Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, a Practical Guide to the Law of Investigations and Hearings is extensively utilized by internal affairs investigators and hearing panel members. Jack has written extensively on the legal issues surrounding the Internal Affairs process. Jack Ryan also writes a field guide for law enforcement officers nationally titled: Case Law for Critical Tasks in Law Enforcement, A Legal Guide for Officers and Supervisors, which is updated annually at the end of each United States Supreme Court term. Jack also authors and edits the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute's bi-monthly publications providing legal and liability updates to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
Jack Ryan has lectured on police misconduct and liability issues for law enforcement in a number of different forums. Jack was a featured speaker at the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association Conference/2002 in Tampa, Florida as well as the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners Conference/2002 in Long Beach California. In March of 2003 Jack was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Internal Affairs Investigators' Association's annual conference in Helen, Georgia; September 2004, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education annual conference; March 2005, International Law Enforcement Educator and Trainer Association; April 2005 Georgia Sheriffs' Association Command Conference. Jack also presents annually at the Georgetown Law Center, §1983 Civil Rights Litigation program.
Jack has published numerous articles on law enforcement issues in professional journals such as: "Public Risk"; "Crime and Justice International" and "The Trainer."
Since retiring Jack has conducted numerous training sessions around the country for the Public Agency Training Council. Among the programs he is responsible for if a course on "Policy Development for Public Safety Agencies"; "Advanced Internal Affairs"; "Liability and Risk Management for Law Enforcement Agencies" and "Legal and Liability Issues in the Public Schools;" "Arrest, Search & Seizure;" "Use of Force and Force Documentation;" "Legal & Liability Issues in SWAT Operations;" and "Legal and Liability Issues for Negotiators." Jack is also a co-director of the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute which provides services relating to risk management for law enforcement agencies nationwide. These services include training, high risk/critical task policy review, policy development, improved supervision, audits, risk assessments, legal support and expert witness services. Jack has been retained in several cases as an expert witness since his retirement.