By Roadtrip Nation

Ray Kelly



My road in life has been direct.
He grew up on the west side of Manhattan, back when it was still a dangerous place.
After graduating from college, he joined the NYPD's first police cadet program marketed to college grads.
He immediately loved police work-says that the adrenaline rush of responding to a call excites him.
All three of his older brothers had joined the Marine Corps, so when he was offered a commission to their officer program, he accepted.
Left the NYPD for three years to serve in the Vietnam War, but immediately returned after his active duty was over.
From there, he quickly rose through the ranks; he was promoted to captain, and then he was elected commissioner for two terms.
Says that everyone he knows who chose a career based on salary is not very happy.
Urges road-trippers to think about why they love what they love, and to make sure they're not just following someone else's career path.


Police Commissioner

I serve the community by overseeing day to day operations of the NYPD.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Accomplishing Goals