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Aurelio Ray Villegas


MEET Lieutenant Aurelio (Ray) Villegas

Office of Operations – South Command 

Lieutenant Aurelio Villegas is from the Sacramento area and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University in 1998.

Ray worked for the Sacramento County Probation Department prior to coming to the Sacramento Police Department. After joining SPD, he worked as a patrol officer in Del Paso Heights and eventually worked on the Problem-Oriented Policing Team. He later worked in SWAT for several years and became a SWAT team leader. Ray served with the Criminal Intelligence Unit prior to promoting to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he worked with the North Gang Enforcement Team, and Internal Affairs. As lieutenant, Ray is now assigned as a Watch Commander.

Ray is the recipient of three department Unit Citation Awards, a Bronze Medal of Valor, a Distinguished Service Award, a Life Saving Award, and he received the North Area Officer of the Year Rotary Club Award.

Outside of police work, Ray assists in running a Girls Fastpitch Softball League and coaches regularly. His greatest achievement is his ability to create a good balance of work, family, and friendships.