I started working as a police dispatcher for the Forest Acres (S.C.) Police Department in 1978 while I was still in high school.  I actually went to school in the day and worked the evening shift on the radio at night (for about a week – then I graduated). That began a law enforcement career that has now spanned over 32 years!

I worked narcotics as a Special Deputy and went on the road as an officer, and later road supervisor, for the Irmo (S.C.) Police Department. In 1983, I was appointed Police Chief  when I was only 23 (don’t get too excited – Irmo was a teeny, tiny department – and we drove Volkswagen Rabbits for police cars)!

In the mid 1980’s, I worked on staff at the Institute of Police Technology and Management (I.P.T.M.) in Jacksonville, FL. Among other things, I was responsible for all micro-computer, tactical, training officer, and special investigations courses.

In 1987, I went to work as a Police Chief for the second time in Summerville, South Carolina where I served for about 7-1/2 years. We did some interesting things in the Community-Policing arena and even got some national notoriety for some of our intiatives.

After that,  I had this crazy idea to run for Sheriff in Dorchester County. And to everyone’s surprise (including mine) I won! Three terms later, I had my time in (not to mention being fed up with cut-throat politics) and decided to retire so I could pursue other opportunities. After retirement, I did something really crazy and went to Afghanistan for over three years where I served as the Criminal Justice Adviser for the Department of State at the US Embassy and the Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board – Secretariat.

Over the years, I have provided consulting services and leadership training to law enforcement agencies all over the U.S. and internationally. In 1998, I founded the Police Dynamics Institute to provide character-based leadership training and technical services to law enforcement agencies around the world.  To date, I have personally trained over 25,000 law enforcement officials and government leaders, nationally and internationally, in the character-based training program I developed called Police Dynamics.

I have traveled to Romania twice at the invitation of their National Police to train their Crime Prevention Unit and National Academy Instructors. In 2009, I was invited to Sierra Leone, Africa to train their National Police and Military leaders. In addition, I have trained Russian Police Commanders at the Moscow Police Command College (conducted in the U.S.) and over 30 international police delegations here in the states.

As much as it surprises me to learn, leaders from around the world are looking to the principles of Police Dynamics for answers to the difficult problems faced by law enforcement. Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted the program and are reporting great success in fighting crime and improving officer performance.

My education includes an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice, a B.S. degree in Education, Training and Development from Southern Illinois University, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Concern over the decline in American values led me to found the Palmetto Declaration Society (on July 4, 2001) and serve as its first President.  The Society (although inactive at the moment) seeks to promote good government and honorable citizenship based on the vision of America’s founders.

My permanent home is near Charleston, South Carolina where I live with my wife (bless her heart for putting up with me and all my adventures, as well as my mis-adventures). My three grown children have blessed me with five grandchildren, with hopefully more to come!

I had the privilege of being a founding elder of two different churches, Cornerstone Community Church in Jacksonville and Oakbrook Community Church in Summerville. I was real active with the Promise Keepers movement at one time serving as an Ambassador Trainer and Security Volunteer. I have remained active in various church related activities, serving as Chaplain at Camp Gibson in Kabul, Afghanistan, and now as a bible teacher at my home church in Charleston.

Currently, I direct and manage the Police Dynamics Training Center and the Institute of Police Polygraphy in Charleston, SC and provide expert witness case review and testimony in the fields of police use of force, law enforcement training and procedures, evidence collection and preservation, and polygraph practices.

18 Responses to About Me

  1. Hi, I just got the Twitter request from you. I use another email account so I followed you there. It’s nice to see what you are doing. I also write on virtue and character.
    I have put together three books to help what they called “unreached populations” in the mental health community that I’m sure you deal with from time to time. One is called “The Experience of Hallucinations in Religious Practice,” which takes an anti-drug stance that people shouldn’t use drugs for “spiritual experience.” Another is on Hyperreligiosity and the new one is on Grandiosity. My book on ethics is called, “Virtuism: Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Virtue.” Best Wishes, R.S. Pearson

  2. Dan says:

    People often seek answers to questions and look for information from others, not realizing that they have the answers themselves.

    Their “true” self holds the answer … unlocking that answer in ways that allow them to stay true to themselves is what allows them to move forward.

  3. Diego Mella says:

    Ray, I reviewed your videos and listen to the lessons, especially on Ethics and Character. As a Law Enforcement officer for 33 years in two states I can categorically say that you are on the right path of training for police officers and Command Staff anywhere. I am honored to be a colleague of yours here in Afghanistan.

    I will follow your lessons and expect that whoever uses this blog will find the right answers required of our profession. I wish you God’s speed.

    Diego Mella

    • Thank you, Diego. And it is my pleasure and honor to serve with you. Thank you for your faithfulness and your friendship…

      This project has been a labor of love for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to finally see it come to fruition. And I am so pleased that God has surrounded me with good friends like you who inspire and support my efforts…


  4. mimi / romania says:

    Dear Sheriff,

    Finally…. I have made it! I`m on your site! Congrats as it is fantastic! Keep up the good work and hope to meet again someplace in this great small world :))!

    • Mimi!

      It’s great to hear from you all the way from Romania! I still remember the time you and the other Romanian Police officials visited us in Dorchester County. We had a great time sharing principles of character-based leadership and discussing the similarities and differences of policing in our respective nations. Thanks for checking out the blog and please come back to visit. I will try to keep it updated, informative, and inspirational.

      BTW: How is Senator Tirle? I think about him from time to time. Is he still representing Romania in the European Union…?

    • Mimi:

      Believe it or not, I now find myself working for the European Union! I am currently assigned to the International Police Coordination Board Secretariat, which is supported by EUPOL, as their Rule of Law Coordinator. I run into Romanian police mentors quite frequently and try to use my limited Romanian language skills when I can. Have you heard from Senator Tirle? I would love to connect with him again and any of the members of the Romanian delegation that visited Dorchester County.

      Sheriff Ray

  5. Mark McDonald says:

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Ray speak on several occasions. I have the highest regard for Ray as an instructor, professional, and leader. He is a unique blend of natural ability, directness, common sense, and sincerity. But most importantly, Ray’s strong desire to build moral and ethical character traits in all those he instructs, makes him a truly talented and gifted teacher.

  6. R.HILL says:

    I have had the pleasure of working for Sheriff Ray Nash and the numerous opportunities to listen to him speak. I can honestly say from then til now I have taken more time to digest and really absorb the character training. Sheriff Nash is a great leader and breaks down the training to a natural, common sense understanding. I truly thank him for building me up to where I am in my career.

    Thanks, stay safe over there.

    Richie Hill
    Charleston, South carolina.

  7. Scott Kilpatrick says:

    I have just started viewing your blog and find it very interesting and informative. As a retired police chief from NC, I can say in today’s law enforcement, I have seen a decline in ethics with our law enforcement community, which parallels with a huge decline of morality in our society as a whole. Your work focuses on leadership and ethics putting GOD back in the driving seat. May you be a blessing to our law enforcement tasked with keeping us safe back home.

    I hope to make your service Sunday; I was locked down on another base last Sunday due a VBED threat. See you Sunday.

    God Bless you.

    • Thanks, Scott! Coming from you, that means a lot. I appreciate your friendship and your commitment to the high ideals of law enforcement and integrity. Hope to see you soon…

  8. Helen Yee says:

    Hi Sheriff Ray,
    I am from Singapore and happened to come across your resources while searching on information regarding Importance of Character in (Christian) Ministries. I am very inspired by your vision ” to promote good government and honorable citizenship based on the vision of America’s founders”, especially in these last days of decline morality. May God bless you richly wherever you are as you shine for Him.
    Shalom, Helen Yee

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What Law Enforcement and Community Leaders Are Saying About Police Dynamics

“A few years ago, we brought the Police Dynamics program to the Cincinnati Police Division and were most impressed with the quality of the training and richness of the program.”
Mike Daly
Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

"I have attended training conducted by the Police Dynamics Institute in the past and know Ray Nash both personally and professionally. They have my whole-hearted endorsement…"
Sheriff Larry Williams
Orangeburg, SC

"I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this website. I was introduced to your video on the Dynamics of Authority through my father who is a police chaplain for the FBI and local law enforcement agencies here in Las Cruces. I have taught and applied the Dynamics model to my students when I was a teacher, and now to my department as a fire fighter."
Nathan Carr
Las Cruces Fire Dept.

“One of the greatest seminars I have ever attended in the 33 years I’ve been a Deputy.”
Walter Bolinger
Marion County Sheriff’s Office, IN

"I was so impressed by the (Police Dynamics) program that I purchased your video tape series. All Grand County Sheriff’s Employees subsequently viewed the tapes, and I have also mandated that all new Sheriff’s Employees watch it as well."
Glen Trainor
Grand County Sheriff’s Office

"It is with much enthusiasm that I encourage senior law enforcement executives to make attending the Police Dynamics seminar a key training priority for your agency."
DeWayne Beggs
Cleveland County, OK
former 2nd VP - National Sheriff's Association

"I am convinced of the benefits of the Police Dynamics program."
Jerry Martin
Delores County, CO
former Pres - County Sheriff's of Colorado

"Honestly, I’ve not been more impressed with a police training that I’ve attended in the last 20 years..."
Tom McClain
Chief of Police
Willard, MO

"I am a firm believer that Police Dynamics and Character First! equip the men and women that work for the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office to do their job and do it better."
John Whetsel
Oklahoma County, OK

"If you believe that good character is an essential element in policing, you will want to send your key staff to Police Dynamics."
David Williams
Tarrant County, TX

"In the three years prior to our character initiative, we had 42 labor and employee grievances, and seven different lawsuits. In the three years since we put the character initiative in place, we have had two grievances and no lawsuits from employees. I think that, in and of itself, is significant."
Rodney Ray
City Manager
Owasso, OK

"This course was one of the best training sessions that I’ve been through. This concept will benefit me and the staff in my division."
Police Dynamics participant

[We have] more awareness of the preventative benefits of a character initiative as opposed to the typical reactive approach to situations. There is a sense of excitement by organization leaders as they begin to see a change in their culture. Bob Powell
Character Council
Fort Collins, CO

"[The Police Dynamics training] brings us closer together, more like a family … it reminds us of why we’re out there and what it’s about.”
Captain John Decker
Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, SC

"This class gave me the vocabulary that I have been looking for to praise and motivate my employees."
Police Dynamics participant

"We’ve built a much better relationship with each other. We’ve seen a decrease in complaints. We’ve become a family instead of a place to work."
Sheriff Howie Godwin
Highlands County, FL

“This shows us a new approach to recognize employees’ character traits - and to acknowledge them for those good traits versus, 'You did an excellent job…' It’s some fresh ideas in an area that we probably all need to change."
Major P.D. Taylor
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

"The Police Dynamics training that Ray Nash brought teaches the things that are at the core of being a good police officer – being trustworthy, being of good character…"
Sgt. Julie Shearer
Cincinnati Police Div.

“In the Police Dynamics training seminar, the officers are able to set a standard in their own lives of the kind of character they want to see in their community."
Chaplain Carl Nelson
Colorado Springs Police Department

"Character is the solution to the real problem in our community of crime. Character supplies the answer."
Hon. F.A. Schad
Former Judge
Burleson, TX

“I want you to know that my international and national career was very much influenced by your lessons and knowing you was of paramount importance for my job and career. Many Romanian police officers are grateful to you and to Character training."
Teofil Parasca
Assistant Superintendent
Arad County Police

"I would like to work more toward management by principles instead of rules – with an emphasis on character and guiding principles."
Chief Lynn Williams
Chickasha, OK

“We need to return to our basic character traits that made this country great. Ray Nash has the program to do it."
Police Dynamics participant

"This shows us a new approach to recognize those employees’ character traits and to recognize and acknowledge them for those good traits versus, “You did an excellent job…” It’s some fresh ideas in an area that we probably all need to change."
Major P.D. Taylor
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

"In the three years prior to our character initiative, we had 42 labor and employee grievances, and seven different lawsuits. In the three years since we put the character initiative in place, we have had two grievances and no lawsuits from employees. I think that, in and of itself, is significant."
Rodney Ray
City Manager
Owasso, OK

"Absolutely fantastic! It reminded me of why I wanted to be a peace officer."
Police Dynamics participant

"the finest value-added training anywhere."
Sheriff David Williams
Tarrant County, TX

"We continue to benefit from your teaching and hire with a strong emphasis on character."
Chief Tom McClain
Willard, MO

"Once again, I feel absolutely indebted to you for the program you have developed and your desire to change the world through the building of better law enforcement officers."
Glen P. Trainor
Grand County, CO

"Sheriff Ray Nash is an internationally recognized speaker that you and your staff will learn powerful principles from, while enjoying the lesson."
DeWayne Beggs
Cleveland County, OK

"Very comprehensive, a great resource manual for the future. The seminar was dynamic in every way. What a great resource for people throughout their day-to-day routines.”
Doug Carter
Indiana State Police