Ray started his law enforcement career in August of 1979 as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, where he also served as a K9 officer. He spent nearly 12 years enforcing laws in three states and two foreign countries. In October on 1994, Ray began working for the Roswell, New Mexico Police Department. In March of 1997, he was hired by the Norman, OK Police Department. He would remain here until he retired in July of 2020.
While at Norman, Ray wore many hats including Crime Scene Investigator, and Detective. Most recently Ray was assigned to general investigations with a concentration on intimate partner violence, stalking and protective order violation. Ray’s training includes Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Processing, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Death Scene Investigation, Evidence Based Domestic Violence, Evidence Based Sexual Assault, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Domestic Violence Instructor certification, Drug Recognition Expert (Instructor Certified) and Interview and Interrogation (Reid).
Ray also volunteers his time to the Women’s Resource Center in Norman, OK, where he was formerly on the board of directors. He has also served on several task forces and teams including Cleveland County Domestic task force, Cleveland County Coordinated Community Response Team, and High Risk Team. He is also affiliated the the Sex Assault Response team and the Multi Discipline team.
In 2018, at the Oklahoma Partners for Change Conference Ray was honored to receive the Governor’s Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Service to Victims and Survivors of Violence Against Women.
Ronnie is an 18-year veteran officer with 12 years at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. His assigned additional duties included Technical Investigator (CSI), Field Supervisor, CID Supervisor, Field Training Officer and Training Instructor, specializing in domestic violence instruction. Ronnie is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as a domestic violence instructor and also a state (CLEET) certified basic instructor. In his investigative position, he investigated all reported intimate partner domestic violence related crimes.
While at the sheriff’s office, Ronnie held the title of Detective Captain and oversaw the Criminal Investigation Division as well as other divisions. He is also a member of the Cleveland County Domestic Violence Task Force, Cleveland County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, Cleveland County Sexual Assault Response Team and Cleveland County High Risk Team. Ronnie has been endorsed to testify and has testified as an expert witness on Domestic Violence crimes and Domestic Violence Strangulation.
In 2009, Ronnie received the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for Excellence in Action Against Domestic Violence. And in 2017, he was awarded the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Award by the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.
Ronnie is currently focusing his time on instructing classes and growing Purple Badge.