Tonya Rider

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-9536Tonya Rider Cold Justice


Detective Tonya Rider worked for the Toledo Police Department for more than 26 years, retiring in 2016.  During her career she investigated a variety of offenses, most notably hundreds of sexual assault offenses while assigned to the Special Victims Unit and numerous Homicides and Felonious Assault offenses while being assigned to the Crimes against Persons Unit. 

Since 2017 Tonya has appeared in several episodes of the Oxygen Channel’s Cold Justice as a member of a team of investigators that reopen and investigate unsolved murder cases. Additionally, for the past ten years she has facilitated training on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General Office on Identifying Sex Offenders, Non-Stranger Sexual Assault, and Campus Response to Sexual Assault.

Tonya earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University in 2011. Currently she teaches Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations courses at Bowling Green State University.