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From badge to ballads: Q&A with Frank Ray, former officer and rising country music artist

During National Police Week, we caught up with Frank Ray, who now serves as NLEOMF’s honorary Chief Ambassador and advocates for responders’ mental health

By Police1 Staff

Frank Ray, a former Las Cruces, New Mexico, police officer, has made significant strides in the country music industry by integrating a Latin twist into his songs. Leaving his decade-long law enforcement career at 33 years old, Ray pursued his lifelong dream of being a country music artist, a journey that has seen him perform at prestigious venues like the Grand Ole Opry.

Besides his music, Ray has been named the honorary Chief Ambassador of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Ambassador Program. In this role, he aims to raise awareness about law enforcement issues and support the organization’s mission to honor fallen officers and enhance safety for active ones.

During National Police Week, Ray paid his respects to Sgt. James Stanwood Noyes, an officer whose story is marked by bravery and tragic loss

Additionally, Ray has launched FRAY, a mental health campaign targeted at first responders, emphasizing the importance of mental clarity in their challenging roles. This initiative complements his ambassadorial efforts by focusing on the wellbeing of officers nationwide.