Rich Cray

Police Officer
Motorcycle Patrol
Division of Public Safety

Where do you primarily work?
“I patrol the entire Penn Patrol Zone, from 30th to 43rd streets, Market Street to Baltimore Avenue.”

What’s unique or special about the space in which you work?
“There are not a lot of people who can or are qualified to ride a police motorcycle. I have been doing this for 37 years now, first with the City of Philadelphia for 32 years, and now with Penn for five. I enjoy the intense training needed for my assignment. … It’s also a great way to interact with the community. Recently, I was assigned to a detail for a Penn football game. Young kids were excited to see the MP1, my motorcycle, and I helped them on for pictures with their parents and explained how motorcycles are an important tool in policing. It’s a good way to introduce people to law enforcement in a positive way.”

What’s the best part of your job?
“The best part of my job is when we take someone off the street who has victimized a member of our community. It’s very satisfying to know that I was a part of preventing that person from victimizing anyone else. I’ve learned a lot since starting at Penn. I really enjoy meeting and learning from the people at the University and the surrounding area.”

What’s the most challenging aspect of being a Penn police officer?
“Trying to prevent some of the crime that occurs in the Penn Patrol Zone. It’s impossible to be everywhere at once, but we try to be very vigilant.”

--M.Z.