Meet the New Leader of 6th Police District: Captain John J. Ryan

On June 13th, 2016, John J. Ryan, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, was appointed as the 6th District Police Captain. Captain Ryan graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1987. Shortly after, he served as a Reservist in the USMC and on active duty with G 3/14 in Okinawa, Japan during the first Gulf War. Afterwards, he attended Temple University, earning a BS degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice in 1992.

Continuing to serve our community, Captain Ryan joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1993 where his assignments ranged from the 12th and 17th Districts as well as the Narcotics Strike Force and the Narcotics Field Unit. In 2005, he was promoted to Detective at the Special Victims Unit. In 2007, he was promoted to the 1st District Sergeant. Captain Ryan’s achievements have not gone unnoticed; in March 2016, he was promoted to his current rank after a temporary assignment to the Northwest Detectives, which followed his promotion in 2012 as Lieutenant and assigned to the 15th District.

Captain Ryan shared some tactical information on how we as citizens can help keep our neighborhood safe.

First, businesses need to take advantage of the City of Philadelphia’s Safe Cam program. The city will reimburse eligible business owners for up to 50% of the cost (up to $3,000) of installing security cameras around their businesses. After installing the cameras, Chinatown business owners should register them with the District 6 through Crimes can be solved with safe cam. More information about the program can be found here: Residents should also report any and all suspicious activity. Finally, everyone can get the latest updates and alerts on all crimes, weather, and events in Philadelphia by signing up for alerts from