Biography

Sherrard Hi, I am Ray Sherrard. I retired in 1994 after 28 years as a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, part of the United States Treasury Department. I spent the majority of my career investigating high-level narcotics traffickers for income tax evasion and money-laundering. I also taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and was the first IRS Representative at the El Paso Intelligence Center. I helped design the belt badge worn by all special agents and wrote the badge history of my department. I have served as the vice-president of the National Association of Treasury Agents, and vice-president of the Federal Criminal Investigators Association, and have held office in the California Narcotic Officers Association, and belong to the Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association.  I serve as Southern California Director of the California Law Enforcement Historical Society, which is devoted to researching and preserving the history of all levels of law enforcement in the State of California. I am a staff writer for Police Collector News, the leading police insignia collectors journal, and I write a monthly column for that publication entitled All Things Federal. I have written, or co-written five books, including: The Centurions Shield; The Encyclopedia of Federal Law Enforcement Patches (three volumes); Badges of the United States Marshals. I am currently researching the following books:
  • A history of the United States Department of the Treasury- law enforcement;
  • Book covering prop badges and identification used in movie and television productions – oriented towards federal agencies, but including some State and local specimens.
I advise the entertainment industry regarding federal history, particularly as it relates to badges and credentials and patches used by federal agencies historically.  I offer research on technical issues, and historical questions, as it pertains to editing scripts.  I have assisted on on such films as Midnight RunThe Untouchables, The Rock, and a number of television series. In 2015, I was cited in the The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, MSN, AP, and am currently considering a podcast segment with National Public Radio.  I have been cited in The Los Angles Times several times regarding the collection of federal law enforcement memorabilia.