On March 25, 2008, Raymond E. “Ray” Velboom was sworn in as the Chief of Police of the Dade City Police Department. A native of Clearwater, Florida, he came to the Department with over three decades of law enforcement experience at the local and state level.
Chief Velboom began his law enforcement career as a Probation & Parole Officer before joining the Orlando Police Department as a Uniform Police Officer. He was assigned to the Special Operations Division, coordinating special events, dignitary protection, and developing tactics to combat crime in the community. He also was assigned to the Narcotics and Criminal Investigations Division, conducting vice and organized crime investigations.
In 1980, Ray joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Special Agent assigned to the Protective Operations Detail for the Governor. He was then promoted to Intelligence Unit Supervisor and Inspector, assigned to Internal Affairs and the investigation of Public Corruption offenses.
In 1986, Ray transferred to the Tampa Regional Office. He would remain in the Tampa Bay area for the remainder of his FDLE career until his retirement in 2007. Working out of Tampa and the Brooksville Field Office, Ray supervised a myriad of units that included the Violent Crime Unit, the Intelligence Unit specializing in Domestic Terrorism, Protective Operations, and commanded the Child Abduction Response Team. He was also promoted and served as Special Agent Supervisor for the Tampa Bay Region and Resident Agent in Charge of the Brooksville field office. During this period, he served as the head of the “Band Aid Bandit Task Force”, a multi-agency investigation of a serial bank robber.
Ray obtained his Associate of Science degree from Saint Petersburg College and Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Hernando and several law enforcement training programs. He is a graduate of the prestigious Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar, Class 43.
He serves on the advisory committee for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (SART) and is vice-president of the Law Enforcement Technical Advisory Committee for Pasco-Hernando Community College. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), and the Tampa Bay Regional Gang Task Force.