Detective Richard Raphael was born in Freeport, Bahamas in 1971 to a traditional Haitian Catholic Family. In 1976 his family moved to Miami, Florida where he attended Miami Norland Senior High School, graduating in 1990. After graduating High School, his overwhelming desire to serve his country led him to join the United States Navy. He attended basic training in Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois and upon graduation was assigned to his basic Military Occupational School (MOS) School where he was trained as a Boiler Technician. Upon graduation, and over the next four years, he served on numerous naval warships and travelled around the world. During his tenure aboard the USS Detroit, he was awarded the United States Navy Achievement Medal. He ended his Active Duty service in 1994 as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), Boiler Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class aboard the USS Detroit AOE 4. He immediately joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and served at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Support Center in Miami Lakes, Florida. He was assigned to NMCB 14 and redesignated as a Builder until 2005.
Detective Raphael joined the Miami Dade Police Department in April 1995 and after graduating the Police Academy he was assigned to Northside District Uniform Patrol. He served the citizens of North Dade from until 1997 when he was transferred to the Intracoastal District. He served there from 1997 to 2001 in Uniform patrol, Crime Suppression Team, Community Policing, and the General Investigations Unit.
In 2001, Detective Raphael was transferred into the Criminal Investigations Division and assigned to the Domestic Violence Bureau where he served until 2006. In 2006, Detective Raphael was transferred to the Homicide Bureau. Over the last ten years he has investigated numerous high profile cases that has earned him numerous accolades. During his law enforcement career Detective Raphael attended Miami Dade College pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2014, Detective Raphael was honored by the Homicide Bureau with the coveted Vic Pidermann award for Investigative Excellence and Service to the Community. Also in 2014 he was awarded the Police Benevolent Association Law Enforcement Award. Most recently in 2016 Detective Raphael was honored by the United States Attorney’s Officer with the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award.
Detective Raphael is married with three children and spends his free time with continued service to the community as the president of the Miami Extreme Youth Football league where he began as a coach in 1998. Detective Raphael also serve as a Youth Football Commissioner Committee member with USA Football.