Commander Snyder Bio

SnyderCommander Rich Snyder began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 as a Patrol Deputy after three years of service in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and investigator. While serving, he participated in the 1983 invasion of Grenada.

He later worked in the Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and Lieutenant. After a brief stint in the Robbery/Auto Theft Unit, he was promoted to Captain of the Special Investigations Division, which includes the Narcotics and the Intel Units. 

Commander Snyder currently serves as Assistant Bureau Commander for the Patrol Bureau, comprising six Patrol Districts, the Special Operations Division, Youth Services, Watch Commanders and Communications Divisions. He was a SWAT Team member for 14 years, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Combat Crosses. He also served as an Explosive Entries Lead and Team Leader as well as a 9-year member of the Waterborne Strike Team, leaving in 2015 as the Team Leader.

As a member of Special Operations, Commander Snyder received extensive training in waterborne operations, explosives breaching, methamphetamine cleanup decontamination and FBI hostage rescue techniques.