PERRY TARRANT (Assistant Chief of Police – Seattle, WA) is President of NOBLE, a law enforcement professional organization with thousands of members. NOBLE’s motto, “Justice by Action,” has driven the organization to participate in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He is one of NOBLE’s representatives in the “Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence” and supports the President and Vice President’s objectives of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. NOBLE continues to be at the forefront of the discussion of building diversity into law enforcement organizations. Perry’s recruiting plan has drawn national attention for its effectiveness in attracting women and minorities into law enforcement careers. The plan produces results and raises awareness of the need for non-traditional recruiting in law enforcement.
Perry has been a speaker and panelist in forums on protecting communities from cartels, reducing youth/gang violence and terrorism. He also presents on best practices for improving law enforcement and community relationships. Perry’s experiences and academics often add depth and atypical perspectives to these discussions. He is also a consultant for intervention strategies to reduce involvement in gangs.
Perry Tarrant has law enforcement knowledge spanning decades. Prior to being recruited as an Assistant Chief for the City of Seattle, Perry rose through the ranks in the Tucson Police Department. Because of his depth of experience in police tactics, he is consulted in the review of complex police shootings and multifaceted use of force matters. Perry has years of tactical experience having directly participated in over 1,000 SWAT operations (as an operator, supervisor, and commander). He has been a canine handler and has had aviation assignments. He has also instructed these areas as well as having logged hundreds of hours as an aviator. He commanded the above areas as well as a patrol division, homeland security, EOD, and investigations. He has directed large-scale local and national events. Additionally, he is a certified FEMA response Incident Commander and IC instructor.
Perry has been assigned and supervised criminal misconduct internal affairs investigations as well as personnel administrative matters. He has authored crime reduction strategies and best practices for investigating crime.
In the academic arena, Perry is adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University. He is also a national law enforcement instructor in the areas of leadership, diversity, crime analysis, human trafficking, and counterterrorism. He has been a presenter at the FBI Academy, national conferences, and has presented his analytical research on border security and controlling crime in local communities.
Perry has received recognition as one of the top 25 most influential African-Americans in the community. He continues to be involved with community and national organizations with community presence. He participates in neighborhood events, youth education and scholarship programs, and has held volunteer leadership roles on nonprofit boards of directors. Likewise, the professional organizations to which he belongs also have local impact.