Director of Rockland DA’s drug task force named

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NEW CITY – Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II announced retired Orangetown Police Detective Matthew Ryder as the new director of the DA’s Drug Task Force.

Ryder brings more than 30 years of law enforcement and narcotics investigative experience to his new position. He will be tasked with battling the deadly opioid epidemic that has killed over 100 Rockland residents in the past two years.

Ryder started his law enforcement career with the Nyack Police department in 1990 and after the disbandment of that agency, he was hired by the Orangetown Police Department in 1991. 

For the past five years, he was assigned to the DEA Task Force in the Hudson Valley Region. While assigned there, he supervised numerous large-scale drug investigations and built a rapport with local, state, and federal agencies in the area. 

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force is an investigative narcotics unit that consists of investigators of the DA’s office, participating Rockland police departments, and an agent from the Department of Homeland Security.