Ray Rubino has devoted the majority of his fifty-five
years to his country and native city, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He attended the Massachusetts State Police
Academy and earned an associates degree in law enforcement from Northern Essex Community College. A former Marine and Viet
Nam veteran, he proudly served twenty-eight years as a member of the Lawrence Police Department.
Ray Rubino is the author of Police Work
It's Not All Coffee and Donuts: A Read for Police Officers and Those Who Dare to Learn What Makes Them Tick and Ticked
Off. According to the book description, Ray Rubino’s book is “a journey through
the mind and emotions of a civilian who becomes a police officer, and explores the metamorphosis from an energetic rookie
to an apathetic veteran. Join him as he takes the absurd academic and physical tests; takes a tour of the
police station and his city; rides in a cruiser on his first day, and experiences the rigors of the police academy.
Prepare for the unexpected realities, and not a trendy batch of horror stories. It is not the expected confrontations
with criminals, but the surprising reception by the public, the twisted coverage of the media, the crippling political influences
within the department and the disappointing leniency of the justice system that will rip the fighting spirit from the heart
of a police officer.”
One reader of Police Work It's Not All Coffee and Donuts: A Read for Police Officers and Those Who Dare to Learn What Makes Them
Tick and Ticked Off said, “Officer Rubino has worked in a community
whose entire infrastructure has many needs, and his starting with the belabored police culture is very appropriate. Although
this book was written in 1998, I have just now discovered this author. His constructive suggestions on the placement of improvements
would impart the meat of a good documentary, and his personal experience with the use of humor could supply Ron Howard with
excellent tragi-comedy for a film about real, hard-working, and principled officers.
The community is my home town, and
yes, it has enjoyed low ratings in the "cities one would love to live in" polls over the years (friends have mailed
the survey results to me from as far away as Manila, chuckling about Lawrence). With severe requirements for state and federal
assistance, Lawrence is still full of wonderful people. Ray Rubino is a Lawrentian who is educated, insightful and talented.
A first effort, but a first-rate account.”