Ray is a 48 year old NYPD Officer employed under the Strategic Home Defense initiative. He is trained by the New York City Police Academy.
A narcotics officer for 8 years, Benitez’s entrance into the force only seemed natural, having been raised by a policeman father.
Benitez is largely an idealist cop; he isn’t afraid to do the right thing, even if it means making a few enemies—a courage now rarely seen. For him, there is only ever a right way to do things, and a wrong way.
Past performance reviews have rightly described him as stubborn. Relentless in cracking cases and a grand master at grudge holding, Benitez is a force to reckon with. But for as much he strives to go above and beyond the call of duty, he finds himself at a crossroads with finding the confidence to do so at times.
Benitez and his wife were on the verge of a separation when the Green Poison tragically claimed her life. Already strained by both his commitment to the force and their inability to have children, Benitez’s newfound loss carries a guilt he struggles to reconcile. However, this loss, like so many of his experiences, has only challenged him to go beyond his emotional comfort level.