Author Ray Tercek is a retired cop, with over thirty-one years in service. He served twenty-six years in the Portland Police Bureau (Oregon), performing work in nearly every division and precinct in patrol, investigative, training, and administrative positions. His specialty assignments were Intelligence, Special Emergency Response Team, and Drug Investigations. During his drug enforcement years, he was commissioned as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. With the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, he supervised the first Northwest Presidential Drug Task Force during Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs of the 1980s.
In later years, He left Portland and served five years with the Gresham Police Department (Oregon), commanding both Patrol and Investigations Divisions. He retired in 2002. Tercek is a graduate of University of Portland and of Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command.