Captain Ray Valois was born in Monterey Park, California, and grew up in the Inland Empire. Prior to coming to the Los Angeles Police Department, he owned and operated a successful construction business; building commercial buildings and custom homes. Simultaneously, he served his local community as a Reserve Police Officer for Montclair Police Department. In 1990 he decided to follow his heart and joined the Los Angeles Police Department.
Captain Valois graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy and was first assigned to Northeast Area patrol. The same Division where he was later assigned as the Patrol Commanding Officer. After completing probation at Northeast Area, he was assigned to North Hollywood Area, only to return to Northeast a few years later as a Field Training Officer.
In 1996, Captain Valois was promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he worked the following assignments; Southeast Area, Jail Division, Hollywood Area, North Hollywood Area, Internal Affairs Group, Office of Operations, Special Operations Bureau, and Counter-Terrorism and Special Operation Bureau.
In 2012, Captain Valois was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a Watch Commander in Hollywood Area. In 2014, he transferred to Communications Division and after a short time was given the responsibility of being the Assistant Commanding Officer of Communication Division, overseeing over 650 personnel at three separate facilities.
Captain Valois was promoted to his current rank in December of 2019 and was assigned as the Northeast Patrol Commanding Officer, Foothill Patrol Commanding Officer, and the Commanding Officer of Special Operations Division and is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer Hollywood Area.
Captain Valois earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Command Officer Development program and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Management Course, along with completing the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute program. Captain Valois has been awarded the Police Commission Unit Citation medal, Civil Unrest ribbon, and Democratic National Convention ribbon.