Broken Shield is the remarkable narrative of a young, inexperienced agent who became the primary undercover agent of one of the FBI’s largest police corruption investigations.
Ray Morrow’s fascination with justice and the FBI started as a young boy and was the catalyst for being a major part of the historic undercover operation, SHIRON. The physical and emotional toll that it took upon him and his new family brings to light the devastation that comes with the corruption living inside our justice system.
After years as the primary undercover agent in the Cleveland Police Department, a city previously unfamiliar to him, he was called to lead his biggest operation yet; the undercover investigation was the most important look into police corruption in Cleveland’s history. While gathering evidence that police officers have been accepting payments from illegal casinos and drug shipments, Morrow battles his own doubts and little experience. He also finds himself surrounded by threats not only armed with weapons but with the power and technology of modern policing.
Ray A. Morrow served as the primary undercover agent in a major police corruption investigation that netted thirty Cleveland Police officers yet at the time Ray had only been an FBI Agent for two years and possessed no previous undercover experience prior to taking on this most sensitive and dangerous undercover assignment. As a first time author of Broken Shield– An FBI Undercover Agent’s Personal Perspective,” he provides details both professionally and personally of the highs and lows he encountered during his time undercover.
Ray is an accomplished leader in the FBI having served as the Special Agent in Charge of both the New York and Pittsburgh Field Offices. Ray possesses an all-encompassing background in investigative field operations combined with high-caliber qualifications in executive investigative management. His more than forty-three years of investigations and executive protection highlight his undercover journey. Ray waited twenty-eight years to tell his story, a story even his wife and children never really knew.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent was all I ever wanted to do for as long as I can remember, So arriving on my first day was a thrill I will never forget. But I must admit I was terrified as well.
If I failed I would have to return home to my family admitting that not only did I fail but I let them down as well. I had no job to go back to and the fact that I was unable to achieve my life long goal would be tough for me to handle.
My father always said, "there is no shame in failing only in not trying again." A great saying if I say so myself, but would I be able to live by that if I did fail to fulfill my lifelong dream.
I could not let myself even think about failing, I was going achieve this dream no matter what I had to do. On May 08, 1987, I received my FBI Badge and Credentials. I did it and I have cherished that day ever since.
Broken Shield: An FBI Undercover Agent's Personal Perspective
An intense excitement fell over me as I drove onto the FBI Academy grounds and looked at the buildings and the scenery - I actually did it. I was going to be an FBI agent. After I parked my car, I walked across the parking lot, carrying my bags that my wife had packed the night before. I was very nervous as I entered, but nerves were soon overtaken with enthusiasm as each counselor, supervisor, and the other trainees began to gather inside the lobby. They inundated us with identification badges, paperwork, schedules, and room assignments. They even provided us with our clothing.