Ryan Remmers

Police Department
Title: Assistant Chief of Operations
Phone: 605-882-5237
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Ryan Remmers was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota and is a graduate of Watertown High School. Ryan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice Emphasis from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He began his career in law enforcement as a reserve officer with the Watertown Police Department in 1997.

Ryan started full-time with the WPD in 1999. He became a field training officer in 2002 and was an active member of the department’s Bicycle Patrol and SWAT team. Ryan was promoted to sergeant in 2006, and as part of his duties supervised a Patrol Division squad and managed the department’s Field Training Program

Ryan was promoted to captain in January of 2008 and was assigned to the Administrative Services Division, where his responsibilities included managing the department's 911 center and records office, conducting internal investigations, coordinating the field training program, and managing the budget. In late 2009, Ryan was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division, where he currently manages the department's crime prevention programs and supervises the school resource officers and detectives.

In April of 2000, Ryan received the Coler-Williams Award, while attending the Law Enforcement Training Academy’s basic certification class in Pierre, South Dakota.

Ryan and his wife Sherri enjoy the friendly atmosphere and lifestyle that Watertown provides, and find that it is a great place to raise their four children. Ryan serves on the following boards, committees, and organizations:

  • Explorer Chair - NorthStar District Committee, Boy Scouts of America
  • Project Manager - Northeast SD Rural Information Exchange Model
  • Vice Chairman - Codington County TRIAD
  • Manager - Watertown Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
  • Watertown Loss Prevention Coalition
  • Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
  • Lake Area Child Protection Team
  • Community Sexual Assault Response Team

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