Chief Raymond A. Martinez began his law enforcement profession in July 1979 serving with both the City of Miami and the Miami Beach Police Departments. Prior to beginning his law enforcement career Chief Martinez served in the United States Marine Corps for three years. During his 22 years with the Miami Police Department he has served in numerous capacities and ranks leading up to the position of Assistant Chief of Police. He has been a patrol officer, firearms instructor, academy training advisor, robbery detective, motorcycle traffic enforcement supervisor, general investigations commander, communications unit commander, and has been a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, to highlight a few. he has received several awards during his career with the department including the Unit citation (twice), Officer of the Month, Gold Medal of Heroism, and the Purple Heart for being shot two times in the line of duty.
While serving as the Assistant Chief of Miami Police Department he commanded both the Administrative Division as well as the Operations Division comprising of over 850 personnel. Chief Martinez coordinated numerous major projects, which include the Florida Police Chiefs Annual Conference in 1994, security for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1995, and International Association os Chiefs Police Conference (IACP) in 1995. He spearheaded the successful bid to bring the IACP conference back to Miami Beach. He served as the departments's representative on labor relations activities, including collective bargaining negotiations. Chief Martinez was intricately involved in the department's community policing strategies and has served on the united States Justice Department COPS Office Community Policing Resource Board. He was appointed by President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police to serve on the Police Administration Committee for the IACP.
After 22 years of service, Chief Martinez retired from the Miami Police Department in October 2001, and took a position with the Miami beach Police Department as Assistant Chief of Police overseeing the Administration Bureau. in January 2004, he took over the Operations Bureau of the department and has been committed to continue the high level service to law enforcement and to the City of Miami Beach. During his tenure with the Miami Beach Police Department, Chief Martinez has been involved in all aspects of the organization. While commanding the Operations Division, Chief Martinez has been instrumental in the development of the evolving tactics to deal with the large scale special events such as Memorial Day Weekend. During 2007, with the reorganization of the department, Chief Martinez assumed both the Administrative and Operational responsibilities for the department. During january 2009, Chief Martinez led a contingent of 54 Miami Beach officers to the nation's capital to assist in providing security during the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama. he is the Chairperson for the department's CAD/RMS/FBR technology conversion initiative. On November 4, 2011 Chief Martinez assumed day-today control of the police department with the separation of the incumbent chief. Chief Martinez obtained a FBI background clearance of "Secret" classification and is eligible to receive classified briefings. During December 2011, Chief Martinez was selected and attended the Anti-Defamation League's prestigious Advanced Training School on Extremist and Terrorist Threats in Washington DC. On March 21, 2012, he was confirmed as the department's Chief of Police, by the City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commissioners.
Chief Martinez has a Master in Public Administration degree from Florida International University and A Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Barry University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course. He has also attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program for Government Performance and Florida International University's Academy for Strategic Management.