Born and raised in Philadelphia, Captain Ryan graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1987. He served in the USMC as a Reservist and on active duty with G 3/14 in Okinawa, Japan during the first Gulf War. Captain Ryan received a BS degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice in 1992 from Temple University. He joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1993. Previous assignments include the 12th and 17th Districts as well as the Narcotics Strike Force and the Narcotics Field Unit. Upon his promotion to Detective in 2005, he was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the 1st District. In 2012 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the 15th District.